16 Best Chrome Extensions for Productivity

16 Best Chrome Extensions for Productivity

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 to actually help you finish more things.

Thankfully, we can help. Take a look at these top Chrome extensions for productivity that help us get more done each and every day.

1. ClickUp

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.

2. Loom

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.

3. Momentum

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-dos. Eliminate distractions and beat procrastination with a reminder of your focus for the day on every new tab.

4. Hovercards

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 whatever is on the other side of that link without you giving it any clicks.

5. OneTab

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. No problem, no more tabs. This keeps you productive and your computer desktop clean.

6. Pocket

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 it directly to Pocket with the Chrome extension. It will then appear on my phone or tablet so I can check it out later.

7. Grammarly

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. But yeah, 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.

8. SimilarWeb

Users can look up a site’s traffic and engagement stats, traffic sources for views, the geographic segmentation of users, similar sites, and more. It’s a rich mix of data useful for SEO, digital marketing and related fields that provide greater context than only Google Analytics.

9. Dashlane

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.

10. TimeWarp

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. 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. Say what? 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.

11. TimeStats

This is one of my favorite 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).

12. RescueTime

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.

13. Forest

The popular productivity app is also a Chrome extension. Forest helps you set aside blocks of time to do work without budging. 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.

14. Marinara Pomodoro Assistant

This is the perfect Chrome extension to keep on task while also finding time for breaks. Pomodoro 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 assistant, you can keep track of your Pomodoros right on your web browser without using additional tools.

15. MightyText

Alright, this one is for Android users only but it could be a gamechanger. 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. With MightyText, you can turn that off. You’ll need to install the app on your phone as well.

16. Cite This For Me: Web Citer

Hey students, this one is for you: Quickly create a properly formatted website citation for the APA, Chicago, MLA, and Harvard citation styles, which you can easily save or copy to the clipboard for use in your documents.

17. Hunter.io

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!

18. Clockify

Time Tracking is becoming more and more popular as more people try their hand at freelancing instead of working a 9-5. Clockify is a relatively new player in the Time Tracking game but they offer more than most paid apps in their free plan. 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!

19. Colorzilla

This next one is perfect for all your creators out there. Colorzilla is the extension that will tell you the exact hue of a color on the webpage. Just point the eyedropper at the pixel you are curious about and you’ll get the exact color that you can then paste into another app or even adjust the values and then save in the extension for later!

Conclusion

The goal with all of these Chrome extensions is to help you chart a course to be more successful in your projects, work , nd browsing experience. 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?

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