Productivity is a mindset. It’s not a thing we do, it’s how we think. And, what works for one person does not work for another. Sometimes, one productivity tool works for one area of life, but not for another. For example, for the last four years, I’ve kept my work email at Inbox Zero; however, my personal email is a bit of a mess. In the last few months, I’ve worked hard to unsubscribe off of mailing lists I don’t look at and keep my personal inbox under a couple hundred. It’s a never ending work in progress!
Chrome Extensions help my productivity! Chrome Extensions are found in the Chrome Webstore and are tools that enhance the functionality of your Chrome browser. Here are eight great chrome extensions that make my life better!
The Great Suspender — Huge shoutout to my friend Dee Lanier for introducing me to this Extension! Seriously, this one is incredible. The Great Suspender will suspend tabs you aren’t currently using; mine is set to 30 minutes of inactivity. This saves memory space, and is especially great on a Chromebook.
Screencastify — Screencastify is such a time saver! With the free version, you can record up to 5 minute screencasts. I use this to create learning resources for my students for learning stations or sub days. And, when another teacher asks how to do something, I can quickly make a how-to screencast instead of typing out instructions. Once you click the extension, you can choose your audio and/or video inputs, then start recording. The video automatically saves to Google Drive, with the option to also upload to YouTube or Google Classroom.
Bitly — Shorten all the links! This bitly link shortener extension allows you to quickly shorten and customize the link endings for a website. Go to a website, click the extension, customize your ending (the part after bit.ly/), and share!
OneTab — Anyone else always have a zillion tabs open, but don’t want to lose them all when you close your Chrome window? Save them all to OneTab! Click OneTab, and it’ll save all of the tabs in your current window into a convenient list. When you restart Chrome, you can reopen them. Or, if you’re working on a recurring project with the same websites (or Docs/Slides/etc), save and lock that tab group to reuse later.
Save to Keep — I LOVE Google Keep! (Sidenote: I can’t believe I’ve never blogged about Google Keep! I need to change that soon.) This extension conveniently saves a webpage to your Google Keep for easy reference later.
Adblock — Block all the ads, including on YouTube! I love that websites look cleaner and there are no ads to sit through on YouTube. Some news websites recognize adblockers, but all you have to do is click your adblock extension, click “pause on this site,” and refresh the site.
Tab Scissors — Full disclosure, I don’t use Tab Scissors anymore. I switched over to Magnet, a Mac app, which has a few more configurations. But, the idea is the same: split apart your tabs to work side-by-side. It’s so useful! Many people love Tab Glue too–the one downside is that it’ll gather ALL of your tabs, not just the ones you split apart. So, if you’re like me and have a zillion windows and tabs open, it’ll combine them all together!
Move It! — Set your time interval, and Move It will interrupt your work to add a little movement! These movement breaks are so important, especially while a lot of us are working from home.
What are your favorite Chrome Extensions? Leave them in the Comments!
2 thoughts on “Mari’s Favorite Chrome Extensions”
Saving web pages via a Chrome Extension is a need for everyone, I think. Rather than Google Keep, I use Evernote. Its ‘Save to Evernote’ extension for web pages eliminates virtually all of the page clutter. Also, the Evernote function to create a ‘New SCREENSHOT’ note, though not actually a Chrome Extension, is priceless for grabbing anything off any screen, Chrome or otherwise, then annotating the captured image. I’m not saying EN is better than Keep, just supporting your lust for saving web pages via an Extension.
Grammarly is my other worthy-of-mention Chrome Extension, which is valuable for checking the composition of any typed content (it is monitoring my use of language as I type this in Chrome and flagged two errors!).
Thanks for your list; I hope to try a couple of them.