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I Wish I Knew These 15 Google Chrome Extensions Earlier

I Wish I Knew These 15 Google Chrome Extensions Earlier

Google Chrome is one of the big three browsers out there along with Internet Explorer and Firefox. It’s very popular but many people don’t know about the kinds of awesome things you can do with Chrome with just a few clicks. Most people already know about the usual stuff like weather extensions so we won’t cover those. Here are a bunch of awesome Google Chrome extensions you should check out.

1. Google Hangouts

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    Getting the Google Hangouts extension is literally the only way to get Hangouts on your computer without leaving a browser tab open to Gmail or Google+. Most people who have Android devices have a Google account and, thus, already have a Hangouts account they can use whenever they need it. It’s a great replacement for Facebook Messenger or Skype. All you need is a Google account to get started and the extension is free!

    2. LastPass

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      LastPass is what is called a password manager. What that means is that it will keep track of all of your username and passwords for your various sites. Now that we’re in the digital age, we all have more and more online accounts to keep track of. LastPass does all that for you and this extension allows it to work on Google Chrome. It’s secure so others won’t be able to get your password and it’s free to use.

      3. Pocket

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        Pocket is a fun service that is kind of like bookmarks. Whenever you run into a site, video, etc that you would like to save for later, you can use this extension to put it in your Pocket to bring up whenever you may need it. There are also apps for Android and iOS so you can save things to your Pocket from anywhere and then access them again from anywhere. It’s incredibly useful for pretty much any web surfer.

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        4. PushBullet

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          PushBullet is a Chrome extension with a lot of practical uses. It syncs your clipboard from your mobile devices to your computer and back again. That means you can copy and paste pretty much anything and anywhere. You can also view any notifications you get on your mobile devices on your computer which is nice because that means you don’t have to pick up your phone all the time to see what the notification is. In its most recent update, it’s also added the ability to return text messages. If you want better mobile-to-computer integration, this is a good place to start.

          5. Lazarus

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            We’ve all been in a situation where Lazarus could be helpful. You just did a big forum post or ranted on your Facebook page. Maybe you were filling out a job application online. Then you accidentally hit the back button or the internet crapped out on your. All that stuff you just wrote is gone forever, right? If you have Lazarus that’ll never happen to you again. Lazarus saves the stuff you’re typing out on various web forms on the internet so you can recover it quickly if you lose connection. I have been using this for years and it has saved even a couple of blog posts I’ve written for this very site when I accidentally hit “back” instead of switching a tab.

            6. Ghostery

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              Ever since the Edward Snowden thing people have been more cautious about their internet security. With Ghostery, you can very easily see which trackers each website you go to is using. When sites display ads and all that stuff, many of them have trackers (to let people know you’ve been there). However, some trackers go a little too far and get a little too much information. With Ghostery, you can identify trackers, stop them, and see exactly what is tracking your movements across the web.

              7. Hover Zoom

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                Hover Zoom is a Chrome extension that essentially blows up thumbnails so you can see them more clearly. If you browse on Reddit a lot, this is a must have Chrome extension. However, pretty much any web surfer can get a use out of this. A lot of the internet is shown as thumbnails and you have to clean on the thumbnails to enter the site and see the full size. With this extension, all you have to do is hover your mouse over it and the thumbnail will be shown in full size for you.

                8. Evernote Web Clipper

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                  Sometimes you may not want to save an entire web page. You may just want to save a piece of it for later use. If you use Evernote (and you really should be, it’s great), then you can pick up the Evernote Web Clipper. Using this tool, you can select any portion of a webpage, clip it, and store it to your Evernote.

                  9. TabCloud

                  TabCloud is a productivity tool that lets you manage your tabs. This may not seem like a big thing but most people surf many, many websites. Using a tool like this, you can manage your tabs and browse more efficiently. For instance, you can create a tab group called “Social Media” and put your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, etc in it. Then you open that tab group and all those websites will open for you so that you can browse them all. It’s great if you browse a ton at the same websites every day.

                  10. Todoist

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                    Todoist is a Chrome extension that helps you plan out your day. You’ll have to sign up for an account first but it’s pretty simple and you can sign in with Google+ if you use that service. Once you’re all logged in and ready to go, you can put tasks in Todoist that you have to do. It can be anything. You can put that you need to go to the grocery store, your work tasks, your home chores, and everything in between. There are also Android and iOS apps available so you can sync your to-do list across all of your devices.

                    11. Social Fixer for Facebook

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                      Facebook has been on its “throw spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks” method for creating new features for a long time. It’s obnoxious and browsing Facebook isn’t as fun as it used to be. Thanks to Social Fixer, that can be fixed. Using this extension you can browse Facebook in a manner that makes sense to you. You can apply themes to Facebook, hide posts you’ve already seen (because they keep popping up days later if anyone so much as sneezes on it), and do all sorts of other things. If you don’t use Facebook often, this probably isn’t for you but the avid Facebook users will love this.

                      12. Hola Better Internet

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                        This one is a little niche when it comes to use-cases but it can be a lifesaver (figuratively). What it does is allow you to go sites that are typically blocked by a regional firewall. For instance, Netflix isn’t available everywhere in the world. Using Hola Better Internet, you can get around that limitation and watch it anyway. It’s easy to use but it may be a bit frustrating to get it to work right sometimes. Nevertheless, if you’re somewhere and an internet service isn’t available to you, give this a shot.

                        13. Wolfram Alpha (Official)

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                          Wolfram Alpha is an amazing service that can do a lot of things for you. With this Chrome extension, you’ll have unfettered access to the knowledge base of Wolfram Alpha. Once you install it into Chrome, you just type a = into the address bar and hit tab. Then you’re free to search through Wolfram Alpha, ask it to solve problems for you, or all sorts of other stuff. If you’re in school (any kind of school), you’ll be doing yourself a favor by putting this on your computer.

                          14. Momentum

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                            Momentum is what is known as a “start screen replacement” extension. That means you’re going to see it first thing whenever you open your browser. The stock Chrome start screen isn’t terrible but Momentum is way, way better. You can customize it to your tastes, create to-do lists, and they put a quote up every day to inspire you. The images are large, gorgeous, and Momentum is able to discern what time of day it is. That means when it’s night time, it’ll show you darker, night time images. It’s quite nice and worth a shot.

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                            15. Honey

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                              Last up is a Chrome extension called Honey and it’s like having a little coupon book in your pocket. When you go to sites where you can buy things, Honey will browse the site and see if there are any special offers, deals, or discounts you can take advantage of. Anyone who buys things online should have this installed because you never know what kind of awesome deals you may be missing by not having it!

                               

                              Google Chrome extensions have really come into their own over the last few years. Thanks to Google promoting their own ChromeOS, we can expect extensions to continue getting a lot better and more useful. With these tools, you can start getting the most out of Chrome!

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                              Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                              Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                              Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                              Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                              So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                              Joe’s Goals

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                                Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                                Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                                Daytum

                                  Daytum

                                  is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                                  Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                                  Excel or Numbers

                                    If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                                    What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                                    Evernote

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                                      I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                      Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                      Access or Bento

                                        If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                        Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                        You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                        Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                        All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                        Conclusion

                                        I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                        What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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