When we work on a computer all day we have a tendency to take breaks and visit humorous sites like The Chive, or news sites like CNN. It can be healthy to take breaks, but if you find that you are visiting them often, this could be seriously affecting your productivity. If you work in Chrome a lot, there are several extensions you can use to assist you with your productivity. Fairly recently The Huffington Post wrote a story that showcased several add-ons. We have picked our favorite 4 and discussed them below.
This add-on is ideal if you find that you visit unproductive sites often throughout your day. It allows you to set a timer for particular sites. As you visit these, the timer counts down. Once the time you have designated expires, this extension blocks the site from being opened in Chrome for the remainder of the day.
Cool clock is a good add-on for Chrome if you find that you miss meetings or appointments. It comes with a clock, calendar, alarm, timer and hourly desktop time notifications. You can use this for more than just a tool to remind you about meetings. It can also remind you of important tasks you must complete.
It can be very hard to remember all of your passwords; which ones have numbers or letters, and which letters are capitalized. Last Pass is a Chrome add-on that helps you with this. It manages your online passwords for you so that you don’t have to waste your time struggling to remember them.
Turn off the Lights
If you must watch videos regularly as part of your job but get sidetracked easily, this extension can come in handy. Turn off the Lights dims everything else on your screen but keeps your media player bright so that you have to concentrate on the video you are watching instead of the other things you have open.