Notion has become such a huge phenomenon in the productivity world and for good reason. Admittedly, it can take a while to get your head around it but once you know roughly how to use it (there are countless Youtube and blog tutorials if you Google) it is fab for organisation and productivity. I tend to use it mainly for dissertation research as I can ‘toggle’ all of ideas into a single list so I can see the broad themes of my argument but I can click on each ‘toggle’ to expand it and see everything else that I have related to that too. You can also create to do lists, research diaries (so useful for university referencing) and so much more. It’s a really useful tool to have and once you get to grips with the best ways to use it, it makes a lot of difference to your productivity levels.
This is also really useful for university work in particular and is what I mainly use it for. Essentially, BeaNote allows you to highlight anything from any web-page and then will save it for you! If you come across a quote or article that you think might be useful for you or you know you want to refer back to you simply highlight it and save and then you will always know the source. This is especially handy with uni work as I often find myself forgetting where I got information from that I can easily refer back to this if I get stuck.
This is one of my favourite extensions. Sometimes if I’m doing something like scheduling pins or tweets and I don’t necessarily need my full attention on it I use Floating Player. This allows you to play something like Youtube whilst you’re on other websites and will float somewhere in the screen. You can resize it and move it to wherever you want but I find myself using it all the time when I’m blogging as I like to have something in the background but hate having to switch between tabs so this removes that hassle.
If you find it difficult to not become distracted when working then this is the Chrome extension for you! It lets you set a time limit for how long you’re allowed to spend browsing on certain websites and once that time is gone you won’t be able to access it for the rest of the day. This is perfect if you have a deadline coming up or just find that you keep becoming distracted by everything as it won’t let you spend more time on a set than you set.
Weava is similar to BeaNote in that it lets you highlight webpages but it also does PDF’s and other things too. Again, this is so useful for keeping track of research for essays as you can colour code your web highlighting and it will then save them to different research folders. For example, my dissertation highlight is pink so anything that links to my dissertation I can highlight in pink and will always be able to find the quote and source in my essay.
Similar but different to Stay Focused, RescueTime tracks how long you spend on different websites so you can measure how long you were actually productive and how long was spent browsing other things. If you need a shock to help you become productive then this is the perfect extension as it’s quite amazing how much time you waste doing pointless things on your computer!
Grammarly is something I have used since secondary school and I have it always running. It’s such a useful tool to have as it automatically checks pretty much everything I write whether that’s in Google Docs for a university essay, composing a blog post or writing tweets. It will scan what’s there and anything that’s misspelt will either automatically be corrected or will be underlined red so I can go back and review the word. It suggests punctuation you might use and even better word choices too so it’s really worth having if you spend a lot of time typing or writing all day.
Those are my top Chrome extensions for productivity! There are so many around nowadays but these are the ones I find myself reaching for and they have been revolutionary in helping with both university and blogging work! They help me keep track of what I need to do, where I’m finding information from, help with editing and telling me how much time I spend distracted! If you’re looking to boost your productivity levels easily then these Chrome extensions are so useful to have!
Do you use Chrome extensions for productivity? Do you have any you’d recommend?