I'll admit it: I am drowning.
I am drowning under to-do lists and want-to-do lists, submerged in copies, lesson plans, emails, and calendar appointments. I am choking on the daily influx of needy new students, while gasping in dismay at the nonchalance of my AVID seniors (college apps start in one month, people).
I need more time, but looking at my calendar, it doesn't appear that it's going to happen for me anytime soon. So in the light--er, darkness?-- of this hectic period of the year, I figured I'd share some of the tools that help me keep my head slightly above water on a daily basis, in hopes that they throw a rope to someone else out there.
So I present to you, my five favorite productivity Extensions in Google Chrome as they relate to problems for which I have no time. Remember, all these must be added to the Chrome browser through the Chrome Webstore, and then will only work in Chrome (get off Mozilla, y'all). Don't remember what an Extension is? Let's review your tech vocab.
Things I don't have time for:
1. Forgetting and resetting passwords....ugh.
Solution: Last Pass: One password to rule them all.
Saves your passwords and gives you secure access from every computer and mobile device. Seriously, my favorite extension of all time. Bless you, LastPass.
2. Downloading files just to upload them somewhere else...
Solution: Save to Drive : One Click Saving
Press one button and whatever image, document, PDF, or infographic you would like to save is automatically added to your Drive. No saving to your computer and inserting later. Works fabulously when adding images to Slides.
3. Waiting for pages to load...
Solution: One Tab: Declutter that browser full of tabs
Takes all of your open tabs and turns them into an easy-to-read list. There are a few other great session organizing extensions, but this is the most simple of them all and the one I use most often.
4. Getting distracted by ads...
Solution: Adblock Plus: Clean, distraction-free sidebars
All it takes is one Amazon ad to remind me of the myriad things I need to put in my cart immediately. Prime shipping is a saucy temptress.
5. Forgetting what's important...
Solution: Todoist: A Simplified To-Do List
Post-it notes have their place, but they get stuck where I don't need them. I walk into work with fifty things I want to get done, then choose five that are most paramount and put them on my list. Hooray for achievable goals!
Do you have time to read about more productivity apps? Here's my long list!
Have one to add? Tell me about it in the comments.
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