Favorite Chrome Extensions

I love extensions. Not too many of them, but certain ones that make my life so much easier to deal with. I thought I might share some of my favorites with you in case it makes your life easier as well. And I’d love to hear about some of your favorites (please feel free to share in the comments).

So what is a Chrome extension? It’s a small software program that makes my Chrome browser work better. You can install extensions from the Extensions URL. Here are my current favorites:

Library Extension – This might be my absolute favorite. It has saved me hundreds of dollars, I’m sure. I linked my library accounts to the widget. Now, when I look up a book on Amazon, that extension kicks into action and tells me if the book is available at my library. It even links me to the library site so I can download available e-copies.

F.B.(FluffBusting)Purity – This one cleans up and customizes Facebook, letting me filter out the junk I don’t want to see. Goodby negativity and political yuckness!

Google Voice (by Google) – Love using this as a backup phone number, and my messages get transcribed so I can read them there.

Stylus – Custom themes for any website – If I want to change the look of a site I’m viewing (changing font color or whatever), I make the CSS changes here and worry no more.

Adblock Plus – This one is controversial since I know people make money from the ads on their sites. The good thing is that this extension lets you choose which sites you want to see ads on so you can still support your friends 🙂

Honey – This one automatically finds and applies coupon codes when I shop online. To be honest, it doesn’t usually get me a better deal, but when it does work, it’s super nice.

Tab Snooze –  LOVE this one. When I find a web page that I want to spend more time on at a later date, I can click this and set the time and day I want it to show up on. At the appointed time, it opens up that tab.

How about you? What are some of your favorites?

 

What is Ten Minutes?

2010-07-20_Black_windup_alarm_clock_faceThat’s a question that hit me hard about a decade ago. I was a freelance writer, struggling to balance writing time and parenting three young kids. It seemed that whenever I got in a writing flow, I was interrupted. Either that, or I would find I had a few minutes of quiet between events, but felt that wasn’t enough time to get the writing juices flowing.

One day I was clicking through channels and chanced upon a fictional tv show episode about a writer for a late night show (I wish I remembered the name of the show, but I don’t). The writer on the show looked and his watch and said, “I’ve got ten minutes to write!” then he happily scurried out.

What a difference.

My take: I only have ten minutes.

His take: I’ve got ten minutes.

That rocked my world. I started grabbing those ten minutes and had the gratification of seeing my productivity increase exponentially.

I wish I could pass that concept on the the next gen. Don’t sit there waiting for your friends to show up. Get moving! Live the day while it’s bright.

Little things add up to a lot. And it feels really good.

So far the kids don’t appreciate that concept as much as I do, but maybe someday it will sink in. I was in my thirties before it hit me. I’m very thankful for that one line in a single episode of a show I coincidentally watched.