9 Chrome Extensions to Get More Done


If there’s one thing I’ve learned during my long career in digital marketing, it’s that productivity and time management don’t come naturally to everyone.

In fact, I’ve noticed that effective time management really eludes a lot of people, even when there’s plenty on their plates.

I think it suffices to say that anything that could contribute to a professional’s productivity would be most welcome.

For this reason, today I want to share some ideas about nine Google Chrome extensions that can really help you get more done in your day.

From note-taking to time tracking to automatic typing suggestions and tab merging, this list will go all kinds of fields.

Ideally, though, in the end, you’ll have a good selection of new Chrome extensions that will come together to save you time and make you more productive.

1. Grammarly for Chrome

grammatical chrome extensionScreenshot from Grammarly, October 2022

You’ve certainly heard of Grammarly, but did you know about Grammarly for Chrome?

Yes, the popular typing optimization tool is available as a Chrome extension as well, so you don’t have to paste all the text into the website version.

You’ll feel powerful with Grammarly following you everywhere and basically jumping anywhere on Chrome where you have a box or field to type something in.

You get real-time grammar corrections and typos as you type, so if these areas have gotten you into trouble in the past, you now have a helper with you every step of the way.

When you upgrade to the premium version of Grammarly, you’ll also get recommendations for tone, clarity, and word choice.

This way, even if everything is grammatically correct but still spammy and confusing, Grammarly will let you know, so your writing can be your best when it’s time to submit or submit.

2. Clockify

clockify for chromeScreenshot from Clockify, October 2022

Like Grammarly, the time tracking app Clockify has website, app, and extension versions. But for maximum productivity, you’ll want to use a Chrome extension.

Clockify is an all-in-one scheduler and time tracker that’s perfect for any professional, but is especially useful for freelance employers and anyone who works outside of their usual day-to-day work environment.

The extension allows you to create projects, track tasks, schedules, schedules, and reports on your activity.

Aside from being useful for keeping track of when you’re working at the moment, Clockify reports allow you to analyze your day, week, month or longer to look at your habits trends.

This way, you can tighten up any shortcomings that you discover.

3. BlockSite

blocksite for chromeScreenshot from BlockSite, October 2022

I mentioned above that time management is a problem for many people, and a lot of that comes from self-procrastination.

When you’re on your own time, doing freelance or contract work, with no one really looking over your shoulder, it’s easy to let your mind and fingers wander through websites or other apps that distract you. From Facebook to Twitter to Instagram, distractions are all around us.

Enter BlockSite, a Chrome extension that lets you block websites and apps on your device so you can work in peace.

Obviously, you are always in control of the extension and what it blocks, but the idea is that by removing the ease with which you can access sites that distract you, you’ll stay focused on your work.

BlockSite sets things up really well by letting you set blocking schedules, so you’ll only be able to access those sites and apps during the hours you specify.

You can also activate site redirects for all blocked sites.

This means that you will be redirected back to a “working” site of your choice if you attempt to go to any of your blocked sites.

Productivity is a combination of the things you do and the things you don’t do, and if you can reduce the things that take you out of your work, your productivity should increase.

4. win the day

win todayScreenshot from Win The Day, October 2022

Oftentimes, when we talk about productivity, we just have to turn to the copper nails and discuss setting and meeting goals.

This is where Win the Day can help.

This Chrome extension is all about setting your goals daily, weekly, or monthly, and then working on them gradually.

Winning the day is especially useful for medium to long-term goals where you can set a big main goal and then add in smaller daily goals that help you slowly build towards the end goal.

You can also use the extension to identify and track your habit formation. So, if you are looking to change a behavior you already have, it can help to see your progress on your screen day in and day out.

It all makes perfect sense because big goals often require a long journey.

Win the Day allows you to decide when you want to achieve your goals or form new habits.

This Chrome extension is quite useful for getting more done.

5. Writer

chrome writerScreenshot from Scribe, October 2022

Whether you work in digital marketing, sales, education, or something else, you can use Scribe.

If you want to talk about productivity, this is one Chrome extension you won’t want to do without.

Scribe lets you record your clicks and keystrokes as you perform an operation, then automatically generates screenshots and written steps to create tutorials arranged for training purposes.

Scribe is for all coaches or managers who spend a lot of time writing documents or meticulously taking screenshots to train new employees. Now, you don’t have to waste another second doing it manually.

Once Scribe creates your screenshots, highlights click areas, and shows what you’re typing in, you can edit any part of the tutorial you want, save it forever, and then share it with whoever you want.

This is called working smarter rather than harder.

6. Word Counter Plus

Word counter plusScreenshot from Word Counter Plus, October 2022

Here’s a quick and easy way: Word Counter Plus, which lets you select text anywhere, right-click on it, and instantly see how many words and characters are inside.

You can also see the average length of the words in this text.

Word Counter Plus is very useful when you are writing something and trying to stick to a minimum (or maximum) word count, or doing competitive research to determine the length of the content.

Before extensions like these, you had to paste the text into a document like Microsoft Word or Google Docs to get the word count that way.

Now, all of this can be done right on the page where you find it.

Definitely check this out to save yourself some time.

7. OneTab

OneTabScreenshot from OneTab, October 2022

Productivity is about many things, all in the service of letting you get more done – and OneTab helps with that in its own way.

Whether you’re a multitasking researcher or a researcher who needs to have multiple tabs open at once, OneTab does what its name suggests and condenses all your tabs into one.

When you need one or more tabs, just go to the individual tab and drag everything down in a vertical list format. From there, you can return as many tabs to your main window as you need.

Not only does this help you visually, but it also reduces the RAM that your device has to use to support all those tabs, making your work experience faster and more efficient.

8. Postlight Reader

    Postlight ReaderScreenshot from Postlight Reader, October 2022

Postlight Reader Chrome extension is all about removing distractions to let you focus.

It’s somewhat similar to AdBlock (which many people are familiar with), except that Postlight Reader removes not only ads, but other unnecessary elements – the extension calls it “clutter” – to leave only words and images on the page.

In other words, only the content of the content is left to you.

What’s great about Postlight Reader, in particular, is that the extension really takes user experience into account, allowing you to choose a light or dark theme and even change the font and size of text on the page.

Finally, this experience doesn’t just have to be yours! Postlight Reader also allows you to share enhanced versions of web pages with others on social media and via email.

9. ClickUp Chrome Extension

Click Chrome ExtensionScreenshot from ClickUp, October 2022

Finally, let’s talk productivity through the lens of the officially named ClickUp Chrome Extension.

ClickUp on its own is one of the best project management software I’ve ever used, so it should come as no surprise that the tool has its own Chrome extension.

Create tasks from anywhere, track your work time, take screenshots, and integrate Gmail and Outlook emails with your tasks.

You’re limited in some areas, of course, but the extension’s basic functionality should really help you get more done.

Once you know what you’re doing, gathering all of these features together in the right Chrome extension can really start to make a difference for you.

Productivity starts with the right tools

Many of the tasks involved in getting more done are up to you and your psyche. You have to hold your breath and maintain your focus.

But human endeavors often only go too far, and so to fill those gaps, we have Chrome extensions.

Which of these was your favourite?

It depends on where you need the most support, but they can all help in their own way.

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