I use Google Chrome as my default browser. I am a fan of the extensions they offer to increase productivity and simplify processes. There are extensions I use for WordPRess website development, which I will cover in a different post. This post focuses on my 10 favorite extensions for basic productivity.
LastPass, an award-winning password manager, saves your passwords and gives you secure access from every computer and mobile device. I would be LOST without this. I use the app on my phone, and passwords sync across devices. While it may take some getting used to (here are some tips), once you take the time to set it up, you will not be able to function without it.
Until recently, I used te Chrome extension called Momentum to create a cool welcome tab and image in Chrome. I loved the beautiful images that greeted me every day, and the personalized greeting. However, I just discovered Be Limitless, which also creates a nice welcome page, but includes time tracking and a record of your most visited websites. I like the incorporation of these things into this extension (I used a different, separate time tracker before I made this switch). I think Be Limitless will help me stay focused.
See your next events, get meeting desktop notifications, add or snooze events without opening the Google Calendar page!
The Pocket Extension for Chrome – is great if you use Pocket, and if you don’t use Pocket, you should! Many people use Evernote – I have not adopted that tool, but Pocket seems to be a light version of Evernote in that it allows you to quickly save webpages, blog posts, articles so you can read or reference them later. You can tag them to help keep them organized. With the extension, you can also save to Pocket directly from apps like Facebook and Twitter.
I am not great at typing or proofreading – this app makes finding and correcting spelling errors a single click event. It spell check sand grammar checks as you type
If you want to easily and quickly create shortened urls, there is not easier way than to use this extension. Click on the link in the extensions toolbar and a shortened url gets saved to your clipboard, or you can share this link directly to social media.