The Best Chrome Productivity Extensions for Bloggers
Chrome productivity extensions that are out of this world are not hard to find. Inside, top bloggers share their favorite chrome productivity extensions to help you get heavenly production results.
Previously, I shared Tools to Turn Your Browser into Your Productivity Companion. Today I’ll share the top Chrome Productivity Extensions from some of my blogging friends.
It’s no surprise that productivity experts use tools to enhance their production. Take Thanh Pham of Asian Efficiency on the email habits of the average worker…
The average worker spends 6.3 hours a day checking email. Even if you “only” spend 2 hours a day on email, think about what it would mean to have an extra 90 minutes in your day.
Listen to Inbox to Zero in 30-minutes per day recording to learn how he does it.
Imagine spending the 90-minutes saved with your family, at the beach, or on a favorite hobby instead?
Q. Which productivity Google extension is a must have for you? Why?
- Roboform recommended by Priya Florence
- Dayboard recommended by Ann Smarty
- Evernote Web Clipper recommended by Raelyn Tan
- Grammarly recommended by Minuca Elena
- Facebook Newsfeed Blocker recommended by Helvijs Smoteks
- Right Inbox for Gmail recommended by Sara Duggan (me)
Chrome Productivity Extensions: RoboForm
A. priyaflorence (Blogging since 2003 for myself and my clients)
The Google Chrome extension that I can’t do without is my Roboform password manager, that I have been using since 2006 to store my passwords. I wouldn’t be able to manage without it, as it’s impossible to remember usernames and passwords for all my blogs, client’s blogs, and websites that I have signed up on. It also has a master password as a security measure.
It’s saved me a great deal of time and effort that I would otherwise have spent saving my passwords in a folder and looking them up every time I need to login to a website. I highly recommend having a password manager if you want to run any sort of business online, or just love to browse the net and sign up on various websites.#ProductivityTips @roboform saved me a great deal of time and effort @PriyaFlorence Click To Tweet
There are a lot of new ones out there nowadays, such as LastPass, but since I’ve been using Roboform for so long, I have no intention of trying out any others. You can also buy a license that allows you to use it on your laptop as well as your desktop. There is also a mobile version of Roboform that is free and allows you to synchronize your RoboForm data with multiple computers and mobile devices. PIN THIS TIP
Chrome Productivity Extensions: DayBoard
A. Ann Smarty (Founder of MyBlogU)
Dayboard is an awesome minimal to-do list management for Google Chrome. It turns Chrome’s New Tab into your daily to-do items and blocks distracting sites (like Twitter and Facebook). It focuses on 5 tasks a day. It keeps your tasks always in front of your eyes preventing you from getting distracted. It also collects stats and shows you more productive days of your week based on when you check tasks off.
Start your day by writing down the most important tasks you want to accomplish. Every time you open a new tab, you’ll be reminded of your priorities to help prevent you from visiting distracting sites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit)
I like the idea because the list keeps you very focused (You can only have 5 tasks at a time).The list keeps you very focused - Ann SmartyClick To Tweet
This way, it forces you to prioritize and think of more important tasks. I also like that it’s very minimal: My usual problem with to-do lists is that they take more time to create than to go through. This one doesn’t have that problem. I also like being reminded of my priority tasks anytime I open a new tab in Chrome. I rarely use to-do management platforms apart from my notepad and this one has turned out to be really helpful. PIN THIS TIP
Chrome Productivity Extensions: Evernote Web Clipper
A. Raelyn Tan (Blogging & Digital Marketing Strategist @ RaelynTan.com)
I absolutely love the Evernote Web Clipper extension. This is a value-add extension that you can use together with Evernote, a productivity software that acts like a notebook on steroids. The Evernote Web Clipper Google extension allows me to save a copy of any web page I find on the internet with just a few simple clicks. This is very convenient and useful as it keeps an exact replica of the page into my Evernote that remains even if the webmaster removes the original page.
When I find something I really like on the internet, I normally clip it with this extension and it will be automatically saved for me. I no longer have to copy and paste things anymore or bookmark my pages. With one click, the entire article is saved into my Evernote. I use the EvernoteWeb Clipper to save articles I want to read repeatedly, save sales pages for my competitor’s products and services, save great looking websites for future inspiration, or just about anything really!Stop using Bookmarks and Start using Web Clipper by EvernoteClick To Tweet
This keeps me productive as I have all my saved pages in one place, neatly organized and ready for my perusal. Did I mention that Evernote is free? I highly recommend this extension! PIN THIS TIP
Chrome Productivity Extensions: Grammarly
A. Minuca Elena (Minuca creates awesome influencer roundups that provide quality content, brings huge traffic, and helps bloggers connect with influencers.)
My favorite Google extensions are Grammarly and Mail Tracker. I am not a native English speaker so I sometimes make grammar mistakes. Grammarly corrects those mistakes and also helps me improve my grammar.
It suggests to me the correct form of a word when I make typos and it offers me explanations when I make grammar mistakes. When I repeat the same word several times it gives me synonyms so I can replace the words that don’t fit.
I improved my English a lot since I started using Grammarly. By the way, this extension is free.Improve your English and Grammar with Grammarly Chrome ExtensionClick To Tweet
Another Google extension that helps me a lot is Mail Track. Mail Track is a free Gmail extension that shows me if my emails were opened or not and if the links from the emails were clicked or not.
I have set it to show me real live notifications so I can see when someone that I pitched my services months ago checks the emails that I sent him or her. That’s great because then I can follow up and my offer will come at the right moment.
I use many extensions but these two are my favorites and I rely on them on a daily basis. PIN THIS TIP
Chrome Productivity Extensions: Facebook Newsfeed Blocker
A. Helvijs Smoteks (Content Composer & SEO ninja)
Besides Grammarly that would be Facebook Newsfeed Blocker. Its only feature is to block the newsfeed which means that it is an amazing productivity tool.
If we take into account that an average person uses Facebook for 1-2 hours a day. By the end of each month, we lose 31-62 hours, those are nearly 3 days gone down the drain just because we have to check the newsfeed every couple of minutes. Makes no sense, right? But we still keep scrolling up and down staring at our friends and strange ads that make very little sense.
Facebook Newsfeed Blocker definitely is a must try to boost your productivity. It took me awhile to discover that by clicking on it for 30 seconds you get your newsfeed back. Which is kind of cool, the tool limits your scrolling time to a half of minute so you know when to get back to business.Block Facebook and Get Back to Work Click To Tweet
Moreover, recently I added RescueTime to my productivity belt which tracks the use of each and every software tool. Even now, with the newsfeed blocked I spend from 30 to 50 minutes a day chatting with people. Productivity is a gradual process thus it will take a while to stop wasting my time.
I hope this cuts the time you waste on activities that add no value to your professional life. PIN THIS TIP
Chrome Productivity Extensions: Right Inbox for Gmail
I use a number of chrome productivity extensions, but my current favorite is Right Inbox for Gmail.
It allows you to schedule emails in the future. For instance, if a client contacts me and I don’t read their email until after business hours, I can reply, but schedule it to send the next day during business hours.Schedule emails, add notes and reminders all inside Gmail Click To Tweet
Another option I like is private notes. You can write a quick note to yourself about the email you received. I use this to remind myself to answer a client’s question.
Reminders are another feature that I enjoy. After I write a note on the email, I remind myself to respond within a set amount of time.
You can also set recurring emails with Right Inbox for Gmail. This is a paid option, but if you send emails to the same people on a regular basis, it’s worth the investment. PIN THIS TIP
There are a variety of Chrome Productivity Extensions to choose from. Try some of these suggestions for yourself or type “productivity” in the Google Play store to explore more.
There is no reason to spend more than 6 hours managing your email. Do yourself a favor and set up Unroll.me. Unsubscribe from all subscriptions and then “roll up” all the unimportant emails into a daily digest.
Another thing you may way to try is only opening email after your first 2-hours of work and then once again at the end of the work day.
The less you’re in your inbox, the less you allow yourself to be distracted by other’s priorities.
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