Wanting to improve your work efficiency and productivity?
Like most things these days, Google Chrome has an app for that. Or a series of apps, if you’re looking to be really efficient.
These are the best apps for you to install if you’re wanting to increase your productivity levels:
Always getting distracted by external websites while you’re at work? Finding it hard to stay focused on your work tasks when there are often more interesting websites to be looking at? StayFocusd is the plugin for you.
This plugin limits the amount of time you can spend on websites which are considered to be ‘time-wasting.’ The extension allows you to select which websites you want to block, whether it is the whole website or just specific pages, the duration of the block and when the block starts. With this plugin, you’ll be able to stay focus on your work tasks, without being tempted to visit other distracting websites.
AdBlock is the most popular Chrome extension and has over 40 million users and over 200 million downloads. This app allows you to blocks ads from everyone on the web – think YouTube, Facebook, anywhere you need ads blocked.
You can block all ads by default, whitelist your favourite websites and continue to see unobtrusive ads. If you are sick of seeing annoying ads, you need to download AdBlock.
Ever had that moment where you finish filling out a long form and submit it, only to be greeted with an error screen? And when you go back to the form, it’s blank, and you have to start again?
To avoid this happening, you can install Typio. This automatically saves everything you type into forms. If the form crashes or has an error, you can easily recover all of your information. Your data will be encrypted and installed on your machine, so you don’t have to worry about it being unsafe. This app is one of the top-rated add-ons for Google Chrome and has been downloaded over 15,000 times.
Need to access your Gmail when you’re not connected to the internet? Gmail Offline is the extension you need. Using Gmail Offline, you can read, respond to, search and archive mail without being connected to the internet. This means you can save using your mobile data, and don’t have to be constantly searching for wifi to connect to. For those who always need to be able to access their emails, this extension is a must-have.
Always struggling to remember all of your passwords? Just using the one password so it’s easier to remember? Don’t struggle any longer, simply install LastPass. This extension will remember all your passwords, so you’ll never have to worry about forgetting one again. You can even sync up all your devices.
LastPass has a free option, or you can upgrade to a Premium option for just $1 per month.
Chrome Remote Desktop
Ever need to work on a file but it’s located on another computer? You won’t be able to let that stop doing work if you have installed the Chrome Remote Desktop extension. With this plugin, you can access other computers, or allow other users to access your computer through a Chrome browser. It is fully cross-platform, meaning you can use it on whatever type of system you are running – Windows, Mac, or Linux.
Google Mail Checker
This is another necessity for those who are always checking their emails. Anyone who checks their emails on a daily basis should consider downloading Google Mail Checker. This is a simple, yet time-efficient app which shows users how many unread emails are in your inbox. This means you don’t have to continually open up the window with your emails – you simply wait for the icon – which will appear next to the search bar in your browser – to show there is an unread email.
The Great Suspender
Are you one of those people who always has a lot of tabs open in your browser? The Great Suspender will help you. This extension will automatically suspend unused tabs. Tabs are suspended to reduce the memory footprint of Chrome. This also helps your browser to run faster. Tabs can either be automatically suspended after a select amount of time, or can be suspended manually. Furthermore, you can select which tabs can automatically avoid suspension.
If you are the type of person who needs to have a visual representation of your ideas, Note Board is the app you need to install. This allows you to write notes on sticky notes, which can be saved and accessed later. You can move the notes around and resize them. Once the browser is reopened, the web note will appear in the same position as you left it.
You can also use this app to schedule reminders on a certain note for a particular date and time. You can even use the notes to create pop ups, which will remain on your desktop even after your computer is reset.
Installing these apps will allow users to increase their efficiency and productivity while at work.