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6 Google Chrome Productivity Extensions That Help You Get Things Done

6 Google Chrome Productivity Extensions That Help You Get Things Done

It’s amazing out how much market share the Google Chrome browser has snagged given that it has only been on the market for a few years. With the addition of the Google Chrome Web Store, users have a new way to find tools and extensions to make Chrome more enjoyable and useful.

Here are 6 Google Chrome productivity extensions that will help you get things done.

Minimalist for Everything

    There is a vocal set of geeks out there becoming more and more tired of Google’s endless encroachment of their Google experience with Google+. Luckily, there is a nice extension that can help rid the notifications, Google Bar, popups, and much more.

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    You can use Minimalist for Everything to control the look and feel of your Gmail page as well as Google Reader. The biggest thing for me was to completely hide the Google Bar. That gets rid of Google+ notifications which is really handy when you are dealing with your inbox and trying to get things done.

    Send to Kindle

    There are many times during the day that you are working on some mission critical task when all of the sudden, out of habit, you meander to your browser and start searching for, well, anything. Sometimes you find great things to read during this process. Rather than read them now you can use Send To Kindle to send these websites and articles to your Kindle account for later consumption.

    After installing the extension, you simply go to your Kindle account, approve the email that Send To Kindle provides you, and then add your special Kindle email address to the Send To Kindle extension. Then just start sending away. Remember, if you are using the Kindle with 3G there could be costs associated with sending articles (WiFi users, you are free and clear!).

    Scrollbar of Contents

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      If you decide to nix sending long articles to your Kindle with Send To Kindle, then you should at least be able to visually skim the headlines. To do that you can use Scrollbar of Contents.

      This extension allows you to toggle all of the headings of the page that you are on and view them next to your scrollbar in proportion to where they are on the page. You can then click on which heading you want to jump to. This is a handy way to skim a page without having to scroll the entire way down; instead, you can just see all the headings at once as well as where they are on the page.

      LastPass Password Manager

      There isn’t a better way to put yourself at risk than to use the same email address and password combination for all of you sites. One of the main reasons that people don’t make unique and strong passwords is because they are a pain-in-the-neck to keep track of. That’s where LastPass’s Chrome extension comes in.

      LastPass’s extension allows you to have access to all of your stored passwords so that when you are working on the web all you have to remember is one master password to get to them. LastPass is secure and makes handling all your passwords a breeze.

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      StayFocused

        StayFocused

        is an extension that helps you block yourself from accessing sites to keep yourself focused on the task at hand. You can set the maximum time per day that you can visit the sites that you have set to be blocked, the active days and hours that you want the extension to work in, and blocked and allowed sites.

        There is even a “nuclear option” to block the entire web for a set amount of time. Time to get things done.

        Session Buddy

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          Session Buddy

          is a good way to store and launch different websites all at once. Basically you can save the current window that with all of your different tabs into a session, give it a name, and have the ability to launch it later. This is a great way to save time if you have different “modes” or “areas of focus” when it comes to browsing and working online.

          For instance, I now have a session with Google Analytics, Asana, Lifehack’s backend, our project management site, Gmail, and Google Docs. This gives me a one click way to get all the tools ready that I need for our weekly editor meetings.

          Conclusion

          The combination of these 6 Google Chrome productivity extensions can save you a ton of time while you are working on the web. What other extensions for Chrome have helped you get things done?

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          Last Updated on May 28, 2020

          18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2020 Updated)

          18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2020 Updated)

          No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. Undoubtedly, it has allowed us to connect, perform, improve, and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

          If you’re not taking advantage of some of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

          But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use?

          Well, this will depend on your needs. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 18 of the best time management apps that can help you with the most common challenges of managing time.

          Let’s dive straight into the list.

          1. Rescue Time – Use Your Time Wisely

            If you have doubts if you are using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. Aside from its automatic time-tracking feature, this app also has distraction blocking and efficient report tools.

            RescueTime helps you avoid being overwhelmed by too many tasks. This app also has a team software that’s dedicated to time management among team members. With this app, you may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

            Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

            2. Remember The Milk – Keep on Top of All Your Tasks

              If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool that is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc., and it allows you to sync all your devices for easier time management.

              This app will help you to manage your tasks easily and reminds you of them – wherever you are. You can share tasks and lists with others, making it a great tool for teams as well.

              Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

              3. Focus Keeper – Boost Motivation to Complete Tasks

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                This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and it is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It has a simple, efficient user interface that is easily customizable based on your needs.

                Focus Keeper is designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures. This is a great app to use if you want to prevent yourself and your team from being burned out.

                Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                4. Toggl – Keep Track of Time Spent on Projects and Tasks

                  Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks and through analysis – working out how you can manage them more effectively. Toggl allows you to do all this even with its simple design.

                  Toggl includes great time-saving features integrated with its intuitive interface. This is a great alternative to time-sheets if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects.

                  Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                  5. Dropbox – Store and Send Large Files Easily

                    There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices, but Dropbox is free and it is easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go. It is an easy way to share your files and documents with others for improved productivity.

                    Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                    6. Evernote – Keep All Your Notes in One Place

                      Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts, and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes, or images). You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches, and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to better optimize your time.

                      Available iOS, Android, and Desktop

                      7. MindNode — Focus on Tasks at Hand With Mind Mapping

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                        Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mindnode is one of the best free mind mapping apps available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

                        This app allows you to customize various visual tags and templates to suit your needs. You can also easily share your documents with others.

                        Available on iOS and Desktop

                        8. GoodSync – Back Up and Sync Your Files Effortlessly

                          This software allows you to back up, restore, and synchronize your files easily. It supports folders from a variety of locations, and it has filtering options that let you exclude subfolders from synchronizing.

                          This app also allows you to sync files to and from your phone. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this tool.

                          Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                          9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) – Manage Your To-Do Lists Effectively

                            Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, work with your to-do lists, and organize your goals. This task management software helps you target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives.

                            MyLifeOrganized is one of the best task management apps for focused work. It automatically generates to-do lists with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                            Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                            10. 1Password – Have All Your Passwords Remembered

                              1Password allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database – protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. This also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                              Available iOS, Android, and Desktop

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                              11. Pocket – Keep Your Eye on the Ball

                                When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. That’s why you need effective time management apps like Pocket. You can use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time. This prevents you from getting distracted and negatively impacting your immediate work.

                                Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                12. Focus@Will – Boost Your Attention Span

                                  This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400% using Focus@Will, making this one of the best time management apps available.

                                  Focus@will is ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working, or reading. It also helps you control your ADD.

                                  Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                  13. Alfred – Interact With Your Computer in a Smart Way

                                    This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want. The only downside is that it’s only available for macOS.

                                    Available on desktop (macOS)

                                    14. Forest – Boost Your Focus by Growing a Forest

                                      Forest is a unique reinvention of time management apps. This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track by making you focus on another thing.

                                      The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                                      Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop (Firefox Add-on)

                                      15. Trello – Track Your projects in a highly visual way

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                                        Trello is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board, which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed. This serves as your cue to start working on and completing the associated tasks.

                                        Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                        16. Quire – Unfold Your Ideas

                                          Quire is an innovative time management app that helps boost your team’s productivity. The strength of this app lies in its features for collaboration and ease of sharing. You can streamline and adjust your workflow based on your team’s needs and preferences.

                                          Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                          17. TimeTree – Have a Shared Calendar With Your Family

                                            This TimeTree app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments with each other. So, whether you’re planning a party or running a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                            Available on iOS and Android

                                            18. Todoist – Capture and Order All Your Tasks and Activities Easily

                                              Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list and one of the best time management apps out there. It’s available via browser and app, and it lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as a given due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                              Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                              Final Thoughts

                                              The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools available. And the good news is that many of them are completely free of charge!

                                              So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you, and begin boosting your productivity now!

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