Chrome Extensions for #Careerlions
Personally, I love using Google Chrome. I can’t even remember the day that I willingly used another browser. The moment I got a new computer, I would install Chrome first things first. One of the things I love most about it are the Chrome extensions. These are small software programs that customize your browsing experience, tailoring the behavior and functionalities to your personal needs. This week I will blog about my favorite extensions and some new finds that I am very excited about.
I learned about Momentum through a podcast by our beloved Tim Ferris and his book Tools of Titans. It replaces a new tab page with a personal dashboard that features your daily focus, to-do’s, the weather, and inspiration in the form of a gorgeous photo and quote. It helps to eliminate distractions and stop procrastination by reminding you of your focus whenever you open a new tab. Writing a new blog post, I frequently found myself on Facebook or some other site before I knew it. Even if I didn’t want to be on a conscious level, my unconscious was already drooling away watching videos of cute puppies and piglets. With Momentum, I am reminded every time that I have decided no longer to give into these distractions. With a small effort to install this extension, I have been able to get a lot more productive. I have installed it on both my MacBook and work laptop. I frequently get compliments and questions about my new tab from intrigued colleagues.
I don’t even remember how I learned about Grammarly, but it must have been a podcast or blog post. This extension helps you to ensure that your messages, documents, and social media posts are clear and mistake-free within the browser. It checks your spelling and grammar, in a way that cannot compete with the spelling checker in Microsoft Office. On a little side note, this week I found out that you can also download Grammarly to be integrated as an add-in for Microsoft office. To use Grammarly, you create a free account that will allow you to use it on multiple devices. There are also many paid-plans if you want Grammarly’s help to correct for instance your style and contextual spelling, to take your writing to the next level. Whenever we upload a new blog post, this is how it helps me correct the errors with a pop-up in the browser.
Liner is one of my recent finds. It lets you, like the name implicates, highlight within your browser. It also allows you to save all your highlights made across your devices. When you revisit the page, the highlights will “magically” reappear. And wait, there is more! You can also share your highlighted pages instead of the entire blog, article, webshop page etc. Liner even allows you to leave comments on the highlights itself and integration with many other services like Evernote, Instapaper, Google Drive, and even Word.
Do you have experience with Chrome extensions? Any in particular that I should have installed sooner rather than later? Planning on giving these a try? Let us know in the comment section below.