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The Top 8 Google Chrome Extensions to Increase Productivity

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If you’re not already using Google Chrome as your default browser, now is a great time to start. Not only is it filled with a lot less excess that slows down your computer, the Google app store has thousands of extensions available for you add and make your life simpler. Below, we’ve listed some of the best free ones to keep you organized, boost your productivity, and more.

Google Mail Checker

This is more of a bookmark with a convenient feature than anything, but that doesn’t make it any less useful. This extension will live-update how many unread emails you have in your Gmail account, and function as 1-click access to your inbox.

Nimbus

If you have a Mac, you can skip over this one. However, if you have a Windows or Linux computer, you know how much of a pain it can be to take screenshots or record your screen. This extension lets you easily take photos and videos of what you’re doing on your browser to save and share with others.

Website Blocker

Sometimes it can be hard to stay focused. We get that. This extension allows you to block certain websites during specified hours so that you can stay on task and avoid distractions. This is a great way to keep your employees concentrating on their work.

Asana

Asana is a task manager, similar to a to-do list. As a team, you can add tasks, link URLs, tag others, and track all of your progress. The extension also comes with a communication feature to have a conversation and make notes about tasks, as well as send notifications directly to anyone involved in the task.

Evernote

Tired of having notes, web bookmarks, and to-do lists scattered across multiple documents, devices, and more? Evernote is definitely the extension for you. You can make notes, save documents, PDFs, webpages, clips or segments of pages, and so much more. Anything you save on Evernote through the extension will appear in your account across any device or other browser too!

Dropbox

Dropbox is a file hosting site that’s also available as a Chrome extension. You can upload documents and files so you can access them from any device without having to attach them to emails or lug around a storage device. You can also share links to specific items in your Dropbox for others to access.

Hover Zoom

This extension may not necessarily be about productivity, but it’s so convenient we just couldn’t bear to leave it out. It does exactly what it sounds like it would, showing an enlarged version of photos when you mouse-over the image or link. It works for most websites and can save you some time and effort.

Buffer

If you’re running social media pages for your business, Buffer is the extension for you. It allows you to craft posts ahead of time and schedule them out to go live later. This is incredibly helpful in sticking to your content plan and ensuring you publish during peak usage times. You can share links, photos, or just text posts, as well as track results.

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Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Queen's University. He's obsessed with everything marketing and devoted to helping entrepreneurs everywhere thrive.