Working on the Internet requires focus, energy and usable tools to remain productive. With all sorts of distractions surrounding you; social networks, videos, news competing for your attention it is easy to divert from your main task and end up wasting time on unproductive activities. Fortunately, some browsers such as Firefox has several extensions that you can add to help maximize your productivity throughout the browsing session. In this post, we will look at the top 10 add-ons to improve productivity in Firefox.
Extensions to Prevent Distractions
Most of us cannot resist the temptation of social media, so we keep checking Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other time-wasting sites now and then. LeechBlock is a simple extension that helps blocking any sites that can haunt your productivity. The tool allows you to specify the sites you need to block and the time to block them. It is one of the simplest yet powerful tools to keep your attention on your primary task.
- To add this extension, open Firefox browser and click the menu icon (3 horizontal bars) located at the right edge of the toolbar.
- Click “Add-ons” on the drop-down menu or press the “Ctrl + Shift + A” keys on the keyboard to open the add-ons tab.
- Type “LeechBlock” in the “Find more extension” box and click the search icon.
- Click on the add-on from the search results and then the “Add to Firefox” button. Confirm the action by clicking “Add” when prompted.
- An icon for the extension will be added on your toolbar. Click the icon and select options to add sites that you want to block.
- You can add sites in blocks (1-6) and configure more settings under the general tab.
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2. Adblock Plus
Ads on various websites can be both distracting and annoying. Adblock Plus is an extension that blocks obstructive ads on sites including videos, banners and much more.
- Once you add the add-on in Firefox, click the icon on the toolbar and then click on settings to configure the extension.
- Here you may allow acceptable adds, add sites to the whitelist or manage the ad-blocking filters.
Time Management Add-ons
3. Mind the Time
Mind the Time is a Firefox add-on that tracks the time you have spent on the web, keeping a comprehensive accounting of the number of the minutes you spend on each website every day, week and month.
This can help you analyze your online habits to see irrelevant sites that could be wasting your time to avoid them.
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RescueTime is another Firefox productivity extensions that work similarly to Mind the Time. The add-on tracks and generates analytical reports about your browsing habits to give you a clear picture of how you spend your time online.
Moreover, the tool allows you to set goals for your various daily tasks. This can help you allocate time for and focus more on the most important tasks and avoid wasting time on the less productive activities. To view your productivity pulse, click the reports arrow and select “Productivity” from the menu.
Firefox Add-ons to Enhance Browsing Efficiency
Your efficiency when surfing the net determines how productive you are on the web. Here are some extensions that can help you improve efficiency in Firefox.
Opening too many tabs at the same time is a good idea to help you jump from one site/ section to the other. However, this can clutter your browser and create confusion when switching between the multiple tabs. OneTab can help you merge multiple tabs into a single tab, making your browser look neat and organized. You can also use the tool to consolidate and separate the tabs by categories.
6. TickTick – Todo & Task List & Reminder
If you have a tight schedule, you can easily forget some of the important things for the day. This extension helps you to add a to-do and task list and set a reminder and priority level to ensure a smooth daily workflow. It is also a great way to ensure that you don’t miss on any important task.
7. LastPass Password Manager
We use multiple passwords to authenticate our identity in several web services/ platforms. LastPass is a Firefox add-on that helps you manage your usernames and passwords with ease. The extension stores you account login credentials and makes it easy to access your personal information especially when filling out online forms. For ensure privacy and security, LastPass uses 2-factor authentication on top of strong encryption algorithms.
Other Productivity Extensions for Firefox
8. Grammarly for Firefox
This add-on helps you to communicate effectively by flagging any grammatical mistakes on the text before you publish it for your audience. It saves you a lot of editing time and keeps your blog posts, email, social media post among other online documents mistake-free.
9. Awesome Screenshot Plus
Awesome Screenshot Plus helps you to capture web pages or a section and save the image in .png or .jpeg format. Moreover, the tool allows you to annotate the screenshot as well as hide some parts of the screenshot.
EverSync Firefox add-on makes it possible to synchronize your bookmarks and favorite speed dials across different browsers and devices. The tool also allows you to backup and restore bookmarks as well as manage duplicate bookmark entries. This saves time especially when you have to shift from between your mobile device, job or home PC.
Many distraction and threats can affect your productivity when working on the web. To upgrade your web experience and use your time more productively, add the above productivity add-ons in your Firefox browser. Most of these extensions are free but you may need to register to use them.