Chrome is the world’s most popular web browser, powering almost 70% of internet sessions, according to data from StatCounter.One of the biggest strengths of Google’s browser is its extensive library of extensions that allow you to add extra functionality and make the web a more powerful tool.In this article, we’re looking at some of the best Chrome extensions for productivity so you can complete a whole bunch of tasks without leaving the browser.
Which tools are we looking at in this article?In this article, we’ve got 30 of the best chrome extensions that will help you boost your productivity. And, as this is a fairly long list to scroll through, I’m breaking these extensions up into the following four categories.Improving focus:
- Serene: Combine dozens of productivity tools using a single platform.
- Rescue Time: Block websites and apps that are getting in the way of your workflow.
- News Feed Eradicator: Block your Facebook News Feed.
- Todobook: Replace your Facebook News Feed with a Todo list.
- Forest: Gamify productivity by growing digital trees every time you complete a task.
- TimeWarp: Block websites with redirects, quotes or timers.
- Noisli: Play
- Todoist: Create and manage tasks in-browser.
- Win the Day: Set goals, track habits and use focus tools in Chrome.
- Any.do Extension: Manage tasks as you browse the web.
- ClickUp: Five productivity features rolled into one extension.
- Toggl Button: Integrate Toggl with Chrome and activate in-browser.
- TrackingTime: Manage projects, track working times and measure productivity.
- Clockify: Track time from anywhere on the web with one click.
- Pocket: Save web pages for viewing later with a single click.
- Evernote Web Clipper: Clip, annotate, highlight and store parts of a webpage.
- Grammarly: Automatic spelling and grammar corrections/suggestions.
- Airstory: Capture text and images from web pages to use as research or sources for your own content.
- Diigo Web Collector: Bookmark pages, capture text, screenshot and annotate content.
- Just Read Premium: Turn web pages into text-only documents with a single click.
- Google Dictionary: Instant definitions for words you highlight.
- Panda 5: Replace the new tab page with all your favourite websites.
- Save to Google Drive: Does exactly what it says.
- Pixlr Editor: A free, in-browser alternative to Photoshop.
- OneTab: Save open tabs into a list for later to save memory.
- Adblock Plus: Block obtrusive ads.
- The Great Suspender: Suspend open tabs after a set period of time to save memory.
- LastPass: A free password manager extension.
- Pushbullet: Connect all of your devices and manage messages inside Chrome.
- Chrome Remote Desktop: Access other computers and allow others to access your machine securely.
Improve your focus with these Chrome extensionsFirst up, we’ve got some of the best Chrome extensions that will help you improve your focus and get more done in the working day.
#1: SereneSerene is designed specifically for remote teams that combines some of the most proven productivity features into a single tool – all of which are a click away with the official Chrome extension.You can block distracting websites/apps, plan your daily tasks, work in short power sessions and automatically silence your phone during focus sessions.Serene aims to give you all the tools you need to improve focus, increase productivity and get more done with a single piece of software.
#2: RescueTimeRescueTime is a lot like Serene’s website and app blocker feature that stops you accessing distractions like Facebook and emails that interrupt your workflow.RescueTime’s extension means you can activate the tool with a single click and update your block list form within the Chrome browser.One thing that sets RescueTime apart is that it tracks your behaviour and scores your productivity. This data is presented in reports, which you can use to see where your productivity is suffering and put fixes in place – a great feature, as long as you’re happy with the app tracking your actions.
#4: TodobookTodobook is a lot like the News Feed Eradicator in concept, except it replaces your Facebook News Feed with a to-do list.Once again, you keep all of the core functionality of Facebook but you won’t get stuck looking at your friends’ holiday pictures and wondering why everyone else seems so satisfied with their lives (they’re not anyway).
#5: ForestForest is unlike any other productivity app you’ll come across. Instead of blocking access to your most distracting websites, it encourages you to choose to stay away from them.Every time you plant a seed in Forest, a digital tree starts to grow over the next 30 minutes. If you resist the urge to visit the websites on your blacklist, your tree will thrive; if you give in to the temptation, your tree will wither.The more you avoid the websites on your list, the larger your digital forest will grow.
#6: TimewarpTimewarp is another website blocker extension for Chrome and it uses a concept called wormholes to restrict your access.There are three types of “wormholes” you can create using Timewarp:
- Redirect: Takes you to a more productive site which you specify.
- Quote: Shows your most motivational quote.
- Timer: Displays the time you’ve spent on the site today.