We understand: You sit in front of your computer all day every day, typing reports, answering email messages, and creating presentations. It’s difficult to stand up to the temptation to run over to TMZ.com to catch up on the most recent celebrity news. But all those side trips to the Internet’s guilty pleasures can add up to a lot of lost time during the day. They can cut into your productivity, something your boss won’t enjoy. Fortunately, if you use the Chrome web browser, you can add several extensions intended to keep the Internet’s distractions from cutting into your workday. The Huffington Post recently took a look at the best distraction-blasting Chrome extensions. We concentrate on 4 below. Use these and you just might be surprised at how productive you can be.
This neat add-on sets a timer for specific sites. As you go to the sites throughout the day the time counts down. Once it expires the add-on will block the site for the remainder of the day.
Cool clock is a great add-on for Chrome if you find that you miss meetings or appointments. It comes with a clock, calendar, alarm, timer and hourly desktop time notifications. You can use this for more than just a tool to remind you about meetings. It can also remind you of important tasks you should complete.
Do you have a lot of passwords? Do you spend a lot of time trying to remember this one or that one? Last Pass is a Chrome add-on that tries to make this easier. It manages your online passwords for you so you do not have to fight to remember them.
Turn off the Lights
If you need to watch videos often as part of your job but get distracted easily, this extension comes in handy. Turn off the Lights dims everything else on your screen but keeps your media player bright so that you have to concentrate on the video you are watching instead of the other things you have open.
Please, I’d love to hear about your favorite extensions and tools.