With more than 3.5 billion searches per day, Google has become an indispensable part of our daily lives. With so much information and entertainment at our fingertips, from quantum theory to unlimited cat videos, it’s easy to waste away hour upon unproductive hour. Luckily Google knows this, because Google knows everything, and now, thanks to a few Google Chrome apps, you can be productive again.
So, close those silly cat videos, stop face swapping, and get productive with one of these productivity boosters.
If you’re into to-do lists
Some like to jot down their to-do lists for the day in a notebook, others like to have it saved on their PC’s. If you’re in the latter group, then consider Dayboard. Use this extension to list your five most important tasks for the day. The list will display each time you open a new tab as a constant and visual reminder to keep you focused on your work.
Block all those distractions
Social media sites are a haven for distractions, and sometimes you can spend hours browsing through an old classmate’s wedding photos, stalking your ex, or debating with a 12-year old on Twitter. With StayFocusd, you can, well, stay focused. This Google Chrome app restricts the amount of time you spend on time-wasting websites. Add them to a list and enter the amount of time you would like to spend on these sites. Once the allotted time has been used, you will be blocked from the site for the rest of the day.
Want to type faster?
It would be great to have the power of speed when typing because work would get done much faster. With Auto Text Expander, this dream could become a reality. Well, sort of. This app helps you save on every keystroke by adding shortcuts for text snippets that you use often. Each time the shortcut is typed, it’s replaced by the expanded version.
I’ll read that later, please
It’s easy to get distracted by articles sent to you by friends or colleagues. You also know that once you’ve opened them, you’re about to go down the rabbit hole. While you’d really like to know what’s trending in celebrity news, you know it’s best to save it for later. Save to Pocket is a great app that saves a web page with one click, to be easily read at your convenience.
Put it on my (One)Tab
If your work depends on web-based tools, then you’re probably guilty of having a crazy amount of tabs open. This can get really confusing, and annoying when you close everything by accident. With OneTab, you can get rid of tab clutter and save on memory. Click on the OneTab icon and your tabs will be arranged in a neat list, which is easy on the eye and simple to use.
Manage your time
Time management is a real challenge because emails, texts and eating can break focus. For years (or even decades), people have been using the Pomodoro technique to improve work and project productivity. This entails using 25-minute work segments with five or 15-minute breaks. Now, the Google Chrome app has Simple Pomodoro, which is a timer. Once you set the timer, an audio cue and text pop-up will notify you when your time is up.
Try these apps out and browse for more to find the productivity app most useful for you. Make your Google experience more enjoyable and your day more productive.
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