Let Your Browser Boost Your ProductivityAlli Worthington
It seems like the Internet and procrastination go hand in hand. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t find myself wandering further and further away from the online task at hand. Bunny trails full of links to fun new discoveries are always waiting for me! Lately, though, there have been a slew of web applications hitting the market, each one promising to put up back on track…or at least give it the old college try.
Whether you’re a Firefox fanatic, Chrome enthusiast or Internet Explorer purist, there’s definitely an app for that!
This application runs in the background of your browser and monitors the frequency in which you visit certain websites. The “grading system” is dictated by a points system. You can also customize the importance of certain websites over others based on how you work. For example, if you are a developer at YouTube, you can adjust the score and finally justify watching countless hours of cat videos.
Privacy is not an issue because the company allows you to delete any or all portions of collected data. The only reason for data collection is to compare your level of productivity against other people in regions and countries around the world. The rest of the world need not know of any excessive cat video watching.
The absolute end-all when it comes to task management. Producteev integrates any to-do or task list you’ve ever created over a wide range of applications. This means that if you created a grocery list in an iPhone app, you can sync it with Producteev and gain access to it from anywhere in the world. Hello? That is epic winning!
This comes in handy when you find yourself scatterbrained, looking for a specific checklist that you can’t seem to find. Simply pull up Producteev on a computer and it will provide comprehensive lists of, well, all of your lists.
(Please stop using this unless you are bound by law to only use IE)
This web application allows you to compose emails, respond to blogger comments and update
social networking statues all from one interface. With Speckie, you can take care of those quick little tasks that tend to put up at the most random times without even skipping a beat.
Of course this is not a comprehensive list of all the productivity applications that are out and about right now. Take a look around the Chrome Web Store or Firefox add-ons site (Notice I left out IE option in this list?) to see what works best for you.