Google doesn’t only have the highest search volume, it also has the most popular browser for search.
According to a May 2018 report from NetMarketShare, Chrome owns 60% of the desktop browser market, followed by Internet Explorer (?!?!…never change, Internet) at just over 12 percent.
Couple that with spending one full day a week on the Internet and I’m sure you could use a few more Chrome extensions on your browser to help with your productivity.
Thankfully, we can help. We’ve searched through the Chrome web store and have handpicked our personal productivity favorites to really take your work to the next level.
Here is our main criteria choosing the best Chrome extensions for productivity:
- Maximizing time
- Blocks distractions
- Helping you stay focused
Take a look and click on the best Chrome extensions for productivity. These will help you complete more projects and stay focused day after day.
At ClickUp, we’re not only about the best and greatest project management software, we’re about anything that makes your life more productive through technology tools. That’s why we’ve created a Chrome extension.
With the ClickUp Chrome extension, you can create ClickUp tasks, save websites as tasks, track your time, take awesome screenshots and even edit and mark up screenshots. Now, you have the all-in-one Chrome add-on to stay on task and manage your projects.
The ClickUp Chrome extension is just that: a real extension of the work that you’re trying to accomplish each day. Go here for more about what the ClickUp Chrome extension can do.
While you’re there, get the Notepad by ClickUp Chrome extension, too! It’s a free Chrome extension that lets you take notes all across the web, no matter what page or site you’re on.
List action steps, make a list, or create a reminder. Best of all, notes in the Notepad by ClickUp Chrome extension can be converted to tasks.
Our whole team uses Loom to help communicate with customers and even each other for changes or reminders. With Loom, it’s easy to record video and then embed/share with the team.
Stop sending pointless emails and explain yourself more clearly and comprehensively with a quick video. It’s the perfect extension for fast-moving teams who want a personal connection.
Bring this up with every new tab. This page will give you a moment of calm with inspiration to be more productive. Get inspired with a daily photo and quote, set a daily focus, and track your to-do list.
Eliminate distractions and beat procrastination with a reminder of your focus for the day on every new web page tab.
If “new tab” is a way of life for you to the point where your Chrome can’t even fit the words “new tab” on your new tab, then Hovercard is the extension you need to control your web pages pronto.
Hovercard gives you a brief look into the content on the other side of that link without giving it any clicks.
Speaking of tab trouble, OneTab can solve it. Instead of having all of those tabs open, OneTab puts them in a handy list in only one tab. That way all the key links that you want to use are still a few keystrokes away.
You can save up to 95% of your browser memory because not as many tabs will be open.
No problem, no more tabs. This keeps you productive and your computer desktop clean.
Honestly, don’t know how I would get through my day without Pocket. It’s emerged as the best bookmarking site for the current moment, beating out Instapaper and others because of its recommendation engine, great interface, and community features.
I save everything I want to read later on Pocket and then I share it later with friends across social networks.
When I’m browsing the web and come across something interesting, I save to Pocket with the Chrome extension. It will then appear on my phone or tablet so I can check it out later.
It’s a great productivity tool for reference, giving you ample opportunity to return later and browse.
Oh how I love you, Grammarly, let me count the ways!
You correct everything that I do wrong (and even some things I do right). Grammarly takes spell check to another level because it’s able to check your spelling no matter what program you’re in, including WordPress where Grammarly most often reveals itself to me.
Grammarly can also correct your social media posts, your emails and whatever else when you have it installed. It’s spell check for the web, keeping us all sane. Also, you can get an online grammar check on Grammarly’s website and have your writing checked for all types of mistakes.
Stop wasting time on those time wasters.
Yes, but how to do it? StayFocused monitors how much time you’ve spent on certain sites and gives you the option to block the popular ones–like Reddit, Facebook, Twitter or other pesky social media sites– to keep you locked in on the task at hand.
But if you want to change your settings, you have to answer and complete a challenge making it more difficult for you to go back to your old ways!
Time to get serious about managing your time??? Then add on StayFocusd.
This is when you go to every single website ever and can’t remember your password.
The problem is not your memory, it’s the world we live in (or at least I like to think so). But the world isn’t all a bad place, especially when the team from Dashlane comes to your rescue to save you from any password-induced nightmares.
This is one of those browser extensions that sounds like a joke but then you realize it’s the exact thing that has been missing your whole life.
Similar to StayFocusd, but when you type in a non-productive, time-wasting website, it takes you back to a more productive one, to a motivational quote or a timer where it shows you how much time you’ve already spent on the site.
You can’t visit the sites that you waste time on…what will you do with that time? It’s time to get things done and TimeWarp makes sure you have the time to do it.
This is one of my favorite web apps for knowing where I spend most of my time online.
TimeStats shows you how long you’ve spent on certain sites for the past day, week or month. It’s very helpful to get a snapshot of what sites you’ve actually been working on (or not working on).
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Yes, RescueTime monitors the sites you visit on the web as well, but with RescueTime you decide what sites are productive or not with suggestions from them about what constitutes a productive website (no cheating, come on).
At the end of the day or the week, RescueTime will give you a productivity score letting you know how much of time you spent on productive websites versus those pesky non-productive ones.
The popular productivity app is also a Chrome extension.
Forest helps you set aside blocks of time to do work on your to-d0 list without budging or giving in to your procrastination impulses. The goal in this gamified Chrome extension is to grow a tree by staying focused on one task at a time, without going to any sites on your blacklist.
This is the perfect Chrome extension to keep on task while also finding time for breaks.
The Pomodoro technique focuses your work in specific time intervals and then gives you time for a rest.
A Pomodoro is usually 25 minutes and then you get a 3 to 5-minute break. After a few more Pomodoros, you get a longer break, usually 15 to 30 minutes.
By using this Pomodoro browser extension, you can keep track of your Pomodoros right on your web browser without using additional time-tracking tools.
Get notified on your browser or within the desktop.
Alright, this one is for Android users only but it could be a game changer. With MightyText, text messages come up on your browser so you don’t have to pull out your phone every time it buzzes.
That’ll save you lots of time. You could easily form a love/hate relationship with this because sometimes you’d rather not get any messages at all, especially since we live in a society of notification overload from social media. With MightyText, you can turn that off. You’ll need to install the web app on your phone as well.
If you’re like me, that means you hate having to search around websites to find the email address for support or a specific department. Hunter.io fixes that by crawling the website for email addresses and returning all of the results in seconds with a name, email address, and department.
Best of all, they do it for free and through the extension, other services charge hundreds to do the same thing from their website!
Time Tracking is becoming more and more popular as more people try their hand at freelancing instead of working a 9-5.
You can even get timesheets all for free. Clockify also has a mobile app and best of all, they integrate seamlessly with ClickUp. No more frustration trying to remember how many hours you can bill a client for!
Get control over your data and ads with this Chrome extension. You’ll be able to browse faster because the trackers in ads will be taken care of.
No more clutter while browsing the web so no more frustration.
Decide if you want to block trackers on any websites or maybe you want to include them? It’s totally up to you. Your browsing will also be anonymous to help with any privacy concerns.
20. Win The Day
This Google Chrome extension is part habit tracker, part goal setter. You set a due date for your goal, from one day away to 13 weeks away and then track your progress.
You can also monitor and check off your daily activities to form better habits–such as working out, writing, or practicing a new programming language.
A Chrome extension is a great place for your goals, because it’s right there exactly when you open your screen to begin your day’s work.
Bonus: It also blocks your most distracting sites so you can get down to work.
Noisli has rocketed in popularity due to a very promising premise: create background noise that you want to hear (not determined by the random coffee shop!) It has different noises combinations for reading, writing, focusing or energetic sounds.
Couple that with a productivity timer and you have the perfect sounds to accompany your day.
The best Chrome extensions for productivity will help you chart a course to be more successful in your projects, work and browsing experience.
All of these can be easily found in the Chrome web store. Some of these will help you increase your productivity, some of them won’t be for you, but may help a friend or a colleague on your team.
Which Google Chrome browser extensions will you be adding for increased productivity?