10 Must-Have Chrome Extensions to Keep Your WFH Productive
Staying productive can be ambitious. As much as we all want it, distractions and procrastinations just won’t leave us alone—especially when you work from home (WFH). Whenever we want to finish something, oftentimes, we fidget to do something else, and it suddenly becomes a challenge to get back in your flow.
Now, Google Chrome is the most used web browser in the world. It’s familiar, Google-centric, and highly customizable with various Chrome extensions that you can download. And when I say various, I mean, so much that it can be overwhelming to choose the right one for you.
So, to help you achieve your goal of being more productive, here are some must-have Chrome extensions for the busy or wanting-to-be-busy person.
Make every time you open Chrome feel inspiring with Momentum, which is an extension to make your new tabs look zen and personalized. With your name on it, each day it features a dashboard with an inspirational photo and quote, a to-do list, and the weather forecast.
If you prefer a simpler inspiring style, you can also check out Lagom.
If you’re familiar with the Pomodoro technique, then this extension does just that with a twist. Forest allows you to work for 25-minute chunks while motivating you with virtually planting a tree. And every time you open a website that you think can distract you, it will ask you if you want to give up and let your tree die. You can customize the websites you want to avoid visiting and the premium version will give you more plant options and coins that can allow you to actually plant real trees.
If your work requires you to work on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, Buffer will help you schedule posts and build an online audience. When creating a post, you can choose to publish immediately, add it to the next time slot in your queue, or manually set a date and time to publish.
Believe it or not, some people do feel more productive in the dark. So if you want to utilize a dark theme for all the websites that you’ll be clicking, download Dark Reader. This extension inverts bright colors making them high contrast and easy to read at night. You can adjust to your preferred brightness, contrast, sepia filter, font settings, and ignore-list too.
So you can work with an ease of mind, Windscribe is a VPN desktop application and proxy browser extension that blocks ads, trackers, restore access to blocked content and help safeguard your privacy online. It has an easy-to-use interface and the free version will give you 10GB of data per month if you confirm your email address.
You can download any password manager that you prefer, but if you haven’t tried one yet, then consider RememBear. Besides its witty name, it also has a well-designed appearance that we like. A password manager can help you work efficiently by saving you from the hassle of recalling your passwords.
It can automatically sync and login passwords across the browser with ease. However, the only thing that you’ll need to memorize is your main email and master password for your account.
If you’re studying or researching and you just want to save pages and phrases, then Additor can help you with that in an organized fashion. This extension helps you to bookmark, highlight, annotate and curate almost anything including articles, PDFs, and videos. It also has a collaboration feature so you can share your visual library easily.
This extension is very simple yet highly effective. If you’re not on a dual monitor setup, then Dualless is a great alternative. It splits your browser windows into two by just 2 clicks, plus you can adjust the ratio according to your needs.
It’s pretty normal to have a hell lot of tabs open on your browser. You’ll probably be needing this extension to make your computer run smoothly. The Great Suspender suspends tabs that have not been viewed after a configurable length of time in the background to free up the memory and CPU power being consumed.
Most of our time is being consumed when we’re too meticulous in fixing our schedule. Download Calendly to help you organize your calendar with ease. This extension works as a scheduling software where people can choose available meeting time and duration in your own schedule. You won’t have to worry about getting double booked and you can simply sync it with your Google, Outlook, or iCloud calendar.
And that’s it for this list. We hope that these Chrome extensions can help you work and feel better. Share your experiences with us, and if you have more to add to the list, let us know in the comments section.