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  • - Hello, my name is Thomas Frank

  • and I have a browser tab problem.

  • I just can't seem to help myself from having 50

  • or 80 browser tabs open at one time

  • and completely taking up all my computer's ram,

  • which is why I now have this little extension

  • that automatically hides the browser tabs I'm not using

  • and groups them into projects, and that's not all?

  • Today we're gonna break down 10

  • of the best browser extensions out there

  • for boosting your productivity.

  • And this video is sponsored by Hover.

  • So we're gonna focus mainly on Chrome in this video

  • since it is the most popular browser out there

  • and it's the one that I happen to use,

  • but if you're using something else like Firefox or Safari

  • fear not, a lot of these extensions are on multiple browsers

  • so when I call each one out you're gonna see some icons

  • to show which of the major browsers

  • that extension is also on.

  • So with all of that out of the way

  • let's get into our first extension,

  • the one that I teased in the intro, called Workona.

  • This is probably my new favorite extension on Chrome

  • because to make a bit of an admission here

  • I'm a really bad tab hoarder.

  • My friends love to make fun of the fact

  • that I often have 50 or 100 tabs open,

  • but that's just my nature.

  • I always have multiple research projects going on

  • and before I know it the browser header bar

  • on my computer screen is just this unintelligible mess

  • of tiny slivers of tabs.

  • I can't even see what they are at that point

  • and that's the problem

  • that Workona helps people like me to solve.

  • It basically gives you this dashboard

  • where you can create multiple projects

  • and then group your tabs into those projects.

  • Now if you've watched my past videos

  • you've probably heard me talk about an extension

  • called TabCopy,

  • which lets me basically copy all the tab links

  • to my clipboard, but I gotta say this is better.

  • In addition to letting you do that,

  • if you wanna just paste your links somewhere else,

  • it also saves all of your tabs in organized projects

  • and you can even close those tabs

  • after saving them as resources

  • so you can keep a bunch of different websites

  • in a specific project without having to keep them open.

  • You can also switch between projects

  • and Workona actually suspends the tabs that you're not using

  • and hides them if they're not an open project

  • so you only see what is relevant to the project

  • that you're working on.

  • So basically Workona makes context switching

  • a lot better within Chrome but it also encourages you

  • to be working on one specific project at a time

  • because you know the grouping of tabs you have open

  • are only related to that project.

  • Our next extension is called Habitica Pomodoro SiteKeeper,

  • which is kind of a mouthful

  • but it is now my pomodor app of choice.

  • So, if you're unfamiliar with the pomodoro technique,

  • I've got a whole video on it

  • and I'll link to that down in the description below,

  • but in short it is probably the most effective

  • and easiest to use productivity technique out there.

  • You simply pick a task you wanna work on,

  • set a timer, an actual timer for 25 minutes,

  • and work on just that task during the duration

  • then you take a break

  • and because you're using an external timer to guide you

  • and because you're reframing your task

  • as work for just 25 minutes, it's an extremely effective way

  • to get over the resistance you feel to doing a tough task.

  • I use pomodoro sessions all the time

  • to get myself doing things that I don't want to actually do.

  • And I've tested a lot of pomodoro apps out there.

  • This is now my favorite one

  • because I use a habit tracker called Habitica.

  • Now, if you haven't used Habitica before

  • it uses RPG and video game elements

  • to sort of build a habit-tracking app

  • that keeps you a bit more motivated to track your habits,

  • especially if you're a nerd like me.

  • But I will note that even if you're not into the RPG stuff,

  • Habitica is a fantastic habit-tracking app,

  • possibly one of the best out there

  • because it's open source,

  • which means it has a ton of advanced features

  • that don't cost anything

  • where other apps that have similar features

  • always want you to pay, which is pretty nice.

  • And in keeping with that way of doing things

  • this extension for pomodoro timing

  • has a lot of cool features

  • that a lot of other pomodoro apps that I've seen

  • want you to pay for, like tracking your pomodoro stats.

  • A lot of 'em want you to pay for that.

  • This one does it for free

  • and it does a few other cool things as well,

  • namely it connects to Habitica

  • and adds pomodoro-based habits to your habit tracking.

  • It also has a site blocker

  • so you can add whatever sites you want to its block list

  • and during pomodoro sessions

  • all of those sites are gonna be blocked.

  • You can also add costs to websites

  • and if you add a cost to a website

  • it's gonna be blocked all the time,

  • even outside of pomodoro sessions

  • and you can get into them for a limited amount of time

  • by paying gold from Habitica.

  • Now, personally I love having this extension

  • connected to Habitica since I use the crap out of it,

  • but if you don't happen to use that

  • or you want something a little less nerdy,

  • there is another extension called Tide,

  • which has a pomodoro timer,

  • it's got the stat keeping for free,

  • it's got the site blocker, so it's very similar

  • but it doesn't have the Habitica connections.

  • So check that out as an alternative.

  • Next up on our list is an extension called AudioBlogs,

  • which translates written articles into podcast narrations

  • that you can send to your phone,

  • which are narrated by a scarily good AI narration algorithm.

  • This thing is way better than it has any right to be

  • and I have never heard a text-to-speech algorithm

  • that works anywhere near as good as this thing.

  • Sometimes it gets inflections wrong,

  • sometimes it's a little wonky,

  • but 95% of the time it's perfectly listenable.

  • - [Narrator] This guide was originally published

  • in March 2012.

  • Since then, hundreds of students and even non-students

  • have created their own personal websites using it.

  • - And the reason I have this on my list is because for me

  • one of my top priorities and values in life

  • is daily, low-level movements, walks and bike rides

  • in addition to my sessions in the gym

  • and more intense exercise.

  • For me, this is a non-negotiable priority in my life

  • and when I go for these walks and bike rides

  • I love to listen to usually audiobooks

  • so I can keep learning or keep myself entertained

  • while I'm out on them.

  • Right now I'm actually listening to a book

  • called Walkable City,

  • which is kind of making me hate the way we Americans

  • design our cities, but I digress.

  • Sometimes, I'm on my computer, I come across an article,

  • and I wanna read that

  • but I also wanna go out for a walk or a bike ride.

  • So AudioBlogs let's me turn that article

  • into a podcast narration

  • and listen to it while I do that.

  • Next up on our list we've got uBlock Origin,

  • which is a great lightweight ad-blocking extension

  • for most browsers.

  • There are a lot of ad blockers out there.

  • I like uBlock Origin because it is again lightweight,

  • it doesn't use a lot of resources,

  • and if you want you can add sites to a white list

  • so you can support them and see their ads if you trust them.

  • But I have long held that an ad-blocking extension

  • is almost as necessary for computer security

  • as an antivirus program and here is why.

  • A lot of website owners do not place their own ads.

  • They have third party ad placement extensions

  • that they put on their pages

  • and they trust the third party to place those ads

  • and there have been many instances

  • where those third party networks have placed ads

  • that contain malware or exploits.

  • So I am not going to trust my computer security

  • to every website in the world that I happen to go to.

  • I use an ad blocker as a default

  • and then I white list sites if I trust them.

  • And one other really nice thing

  • that uBlock Origin let's me do is add filters,

  • which can block certain elements of websites.

  • For instance, that what's happening section on Twitter

  • is always full of these like sensationalist headlines

  • that just suck me in and waste a ton of my time.

  • I never wanna see what's happening on Twitter ever again

  • and luckily in the my filters section of uBlock Origin

  • I can paste this little line of code

  • and that is exactly what happens.

  • It gets hidden and that is just. (chef's kiss)

  • Readwise, the next extension on our list is Readwise

  • and if you've seen my previous videos

  • you will know that I absolutely love Readwise.

  • This is a wonderful highlighter app

  • that allows you to make highlights from Kindle books,

  • from podcast episodes, from actual print books

  • if you use their phone app with the camera

  • and the built-in text recognition feature

  • and in anything that you read on the internet.

  • With the extension installed,

  • all you need to do is highlight some text, right-click,

  • and send that highlight to Readwise.

  • This is a great way to keep a collection

  • of the things that you want to remember.

  • If you saw my iPad productivity video

  • from a couple of months ago

  • you will know that I talked about an app called Command

  • on the iPad,

  • which is a browser that let's you make highlights

  • that actually stay on the webpage even if you refresh

  • and then automatically sends those highlights

  • over to Readwise, which is freakin' sweet

  • and I really wish that Command was on desktop browsers.

  • Unfortunately, it's not but for now

  • we at least have the Readwise extension

  • which while it won't leave those highlights on the webpage

  • will send them to your Readwise account

  • and if you have one of their sync options turned on

  • can send the highlights over to RemNote or Rome Research

  • or if you're like me, to Notion.

  • And while we're talking about Readwise

  • we also have to talk about Pocket,

  • which is the next extension on our list.

  • Unlike Readwise, Pocket is an extension

  • that just lets you save webpages.

  • Readwise really wants you to make a selection

  • and kind of save a snippet of text.

  • Pocket is just for like eh,

  • I wanna save this cool webpage that I found for later

  • and that's exactly what I use it for.

  • If I come across an article that I don't have time to read

  • and wanna read later or if I come across

  • just like a cool app that I wanna share with my audience

  • I will hit that Pocket button in my browser

  • and it saves it to my little Pocket list,

  • which I can go and review later on.

  • And another cool thing about Pocket

  • is their mobile apps have the ability to download articles

  • for offline reading.

  • So, if you're somebody who commutes on the subway

  • or you take a lot of flights

  • or you somehow have a lot of time or you're offline,

  • pocket can be a really, really useful app

  • and extension combo.

  • Next up on our list

  • we have an extension called Notion Boost.

  • So, as you probably know, if you follow this channel

  • or my other channel Thomas Frank Explains,

  • I am a huge user of Notion.

  • I basically run my entire business through it.

  • I've got my task management in it

  • and I write all my articles and do all my research in it.