3 Ridiculously Effective Chrome Extensions You Need to Try

Send your productivity into the stratosphere

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When I powered up my new Windows laptop, do you know the first thing I did? I downloaded Google Chrome and set it as my default browser.

And I’m not the only one. According to StatCounter, Chrome holds roughly 66% of the worldwide market share for web browsers. But while we know that Chrome is user-friendly and easy on the eye, it’s still pretty basic. And why should you settle for plain old vanilla when you could have mint-chocolate chip instead?

Introducing Extensions.

Chrome boasts a catalogue filled with hundreds of browser extensions designed to customize the user experience. Whether you’re looking for an adblocker, a password manager, or maybe you just want to give your favourite webpages a Nicholas Cage-style makeover, there is something for everybody.

The ‘nCage’ extension replaces every picture in Chrome with a picture of…well, you know.

If you’re still here and not currently checking out the nCage extension, here are three Chrome extensions that will take your productivity to the next level.

1) Momentum

My parents used to tell me that I’d bring home the gold if procrastinating was an Olympic event. Now and then, I’ll find myself slipping into my old ways, opening up a new tab, only to end up scrolling through Facebook or checking emails when I’m supposed to be working.

That’s where Momentum comes in.

Momentum gets rid of the classic ‘New Tab’ screen, filled with the temptation of your most frequented time-wasting websites. Instead, you’re treated to a customizable personal dashboard, complete with a daily photograph and inspirational quote. Additional elements include a To-Do list, the weather, and the ability to set your ‘Focus’ for the day, which will show up as a reminder whenever you open a new tab.

I’ve only been using Momentum for a few days, but I already feel like I’m less distracted. If you’re someone who routinely finds themselves drawn to Youtube or Facebook when you should be working, Momentum is a must-have.

2) Timewarp

If Momentum doesn’t cut it and you still find yourself sneaking off to social media when you should be working, Timewarp is another extension worth a look. It allows you to create ‘wormholes’ from time-sucking websites, which will do one of the following when activated:

  • Redirect you to a different website
  • Show a customizable motivational quote
  • Displays the total time spent on the website

My favourite is the ‘Quote’ option, and I have set up two of my three wormholes (Youtube and Instagram) to give me a gentle nudge every time I try to access one of the sites.

Yes, I most certainly do

For Facebook, I decided that a quote wouldn’t quite cut it. Every time I try to access Facebook while I’m meant to be working, Timewarp now redirects me to Upwork, a not-so-subtle reminder that it’s been a while since I’ve done any freelancing work, and that I need to get my ass in gear.

Timewarp’s effectiveness depends entirely upon your willpower. If you struggle with getting things done, yet you’re willing to try and conquer your procrastination without disabling the extension, Timewarp could be the answer to your productivity woes.

3) Grammarly

We’ve all heard of Grammarly. It’s great. But Grammarly for Chrome is truly next-level. Wherever you’re writing, Grammarly for Chrome will provide suggestions on spelling and grammar, but it doesn’t stop there. The algorithm understands sentence context and can suggest alternative word choice or phrasing to improve clarity and conciseness.

Grammarly won’t eliminate the need to proofread your work, but it will make it much easier, and it will save you heaps of time in the process.

And it isn’t just for “writers.” Grammarly for Chrome is an essential tool for anybody who does any sort of writing, even if it’s only an email to your colleague telling him about the incredible new writer you’ve just discovered on Medium.

Jon Peters is a freelance writer, blogger, and writer of children’s fiction who lives with his wife and two children in Cornwall, UK. He also goes by ‘the incredible new writer I’ve just discovered on Medium,’ but he prefers Jon. If you’d like to read more, you find his profile by clicking here.

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