A browser extension is a small software program that can be installed on a web browser to provide additional features. You can use extensions to modify interfaces, block ads, manage cookies, customize web page styles, and more. But did you know you can also use extensions to make your workflows more efficient?
Here are six browser extensions that you should be using to enhance your productivity.
Available on: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox
Allocating your time to different tasks can be difficult, especially if you have no idea how much time you spend on each project. Enter Clockify, a browser extension that accurately tracks the time you spend doing particular tasks.
Simply click on the Clockify extension on your browser when you log in to a website or an app, then click the extension again when you’re done with the task at hand. The Clockify dashboard will automatically log all timed tasks and even give you the option to sort each task according to the project you’re working on. These features enable you to keep track of your day better and see whether you’re spending more time than necessary on some tasks.
Available on: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge (beta)
With over half a million users worldwide, StayFocusd is one of the more popular productivity-enhancing extensions for Chrome. If you struggle with focusing on one thing at a time and find yourself frequently checking productivity-draining sites like your social media pages, then this extension can help you stay on track.
StayFocusd allows you to set a daily time limit for using certain websites so you can focus on your work. If you want to take things to the extreme, you can block non-work-related websites for the whole day to eliminate distractions.
StayFocusd is also available in beta mode for Microsoft Edge.
Available on: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Safari
According to security company Yubico, the average person spends up to 11 hours per year resetting their passwords. Not only is forgetting your password time-consuming, but it can also disrupt your flow and affect your productivity.
Solve this problem and never forget passwords again with Dashlane. This extension allows you to create, update, and store unique and strong passwords — all with just a couple of clicks. Dashlane can also keep an unlimited number of passwords and fill in your username and password for any account or site that requests them. The best part is that Dashlane data syncs to every registered device automatically, even if these devices run on different systems.
Related reading: Improve cybersecurity by going passwordless
Available on: Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge
Momentum offers a moment of calm by replacing the otherwise mundane new tab page with a personalized dashboard that has a full-page aesthetically pleasing background, an inspirational quote, and some widgets for to-do lists and the weather. There’s also an option to set your main focus for the day so that you’ll be reminded of it whenever you open a new tab.
5. One Tab
Available on: Google Chrome, Firefox
This extension is best for workers who often have a bunch of tabs open and so spend several minutes of their day scouring through the clutter to find the information they need. One Tab condenses all open tabs into a list, saving up to 95% memory. This doesn’t only make it easier for users to find stuff amidst the chaos, but it can also help reduce anxiety levels due to tab clutter.
When you want to access a tab again, just click on the browser extension icon and restore the tab individually. You can also restore all your tabs at once.
Available on: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge
Noisli lets users create personalized background noise that can mask unwanted sounds and help promote concentration. Offering an extensive library of soundscapes such as rainfall, sea waves, thunderstorms, gusts of wind, and forest sounds, Noisli promises “a digital place for focus” that goes beyond coffee shop ambient noises.
If you don’t want to create your own background noise, you can dive into their curated playlists where you can find the perfect soundtrack for every task.
Browser extensions are essential tools in the era of digital work, and they’re particularly useful to people who work in remote or hybrid working environments. This is because they allow workers to navigate the internet more efficiently and stay focused on their tasks. If you want to further enhance your team’s productivity by improving your tech, Online Computers has you covered. Drop us a line today.