4 Best Google Chrome Extensions for Getting Things Done Faster

ProductivityThe Chrome Web Store is your source not only for Google Chrome apps, but also for extensions that can increase the functionality of your browser. The store boasts an entire section of extensions to help you become more productive and we’ve got the best of the lot in this article.

Here are the top four free Google Chrome extensions to help you make better use of your time in your career:

  1. Feedly
  2. Anyone who subscribes to RSS feeds needs Feedly. This extension syncs seamlessly with Google Reader to provide you with a magazine-like display of the latest feeds you’ve subscribed to. Stay on top of the latest news and blog posts on Feedly’s start page with featured content and configurable widgets for Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and more. The best part about Feedly is that you can easily interact with content because it includes built-in buttons to like, save and share articles, so you can easily promote content on your favorite social networking sites. Consider using Feedly on your iPhone or Android phone too!

    Check out this instructional video on using Feedly by Heidi Allen, recommended by the official Feedly blog:

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  3. FastestChrome
  4. You thought Google Chrome was fast, but now you can speed up your search times by letting this extension help you become a better web user. Its most powerful feature is at your fingertips as soon as you highlight a word. FastestChrome runs in the background to instantly provide you with the word’s definition and a series of tiny buttons that can help you research the word further on clients ranging from Wikipedia or Google to YouTube or IMDB.

    FastestChrome has also become popular for its “Endless Pages” feature that automatically loads the “Next Page” when you’re on a website, such as Times Magazine or the New York Times, that shows an article in a series of pages. Once you reach the bottom of the page, Fastest Chrome loads the second page and displays it below. Other perks include search suggestions on Google and automatically linking text links.

  5. StayFocusd
  6. If you’ve ever seen hours disappear while you waste your time on anything else other than work, this may be the Google Chrome extension for you. As its name implies, the extension helps you stay focused on your work by limiting the time you can access the websites or pages where you lose the most time. Start your day by setting the maximum time you’ll allow yourself to enter those domains or sub-domains. You can even set StayFocusd up to block only certain elements of a page, such as videos or games. After you’ve used up the allotted time, those websites will be blocked for the rest of the day, so you can focus on what really needs to get done.

  7. Evernote
  8. Evernote is a powerful organization tool accessible on the Internet. This online software helps you organize all the pieces of media you collect into a single place where you can make notes on them, index them and categorize them into notebooks that you can easily retrieve in the future. Apart from saving photos and screenshots, the Evernote Google Chrome extension also allows you to easily save URLs, full web pages, articles or just clips of pages, such as a pieces of text, links or images. Searching Evernote couldn’t be easier because your Google, Bing or Yahoo search will also show Evernote search results. Use Evernote to organize anything from gift ideas and travel plans to research and to-do items.

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Do you have a favorite Google Chrome extension that helps you get things done faster?

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