When you start a new tab in a browser, are you looking to go somewhere or are you looking for information to come to you? Google Chrome has so many extensions to make it productive, and the New Tab department is no different.
Prioritab’s purpose is simple: to tell you what you have to do, and give you an idea of the amount of time left to do it. There are three simple to-do lists to fill: today, this week, and this month. The simplicity is reminiscent of productivity apps like TeuxDeux, which tell you to stop organizing and start working. Above the three lists (which you can rearrange as you see fit), you’ll see a counter to show you the percentage of the day, the month and the year that has already elapsed. It’s a grim reminder of how time flies, and could serve as the trigger to make you get things done.
Momentum is one of our favourite new tab pages. We have written about it before, but there are a few additions since then. Apart from an inspirational background, a to-do list, and a single focus item of the day, Momentum has now added link widgets. These links help you quickly navigate to pages of your choice. Additionally, you can now show or hide widgets to customize the new tab’s look. And finally, you can search from within the app too. Now if only you could make that to-do list a little larger in size…
Let’s cut the clutter and focus on our to-do list. That’s the name of the game for Dayboard, one of the coolest ways to revamp Chrome’s new tab page. No one benefits from a long list of tasks. Being productive is all about prioritizing, so Dayboard forces you to choose five tasks for the day—no more, no less. Every time you open a new tab, there they are. If you want even more single-minded concentration, use the “focus mode” to select one task and just be reminded of that. Once you’re done, check out your task history to see how well you have been doing and track your productivity in neat graphs and charts.
Some people suggest not using your inbox as a to-do list, but email can become that for many. That’s why we have solutions like Sortd to turn Gmail into a Trello-like board. More importantly, there might be various services you use for tasks, like Trello itself. Taco brings them all together under one roof. Grant the app access to your different productivity management apps and your inbox, and it will bring all the tasks into one pane. Then, just drag and drop to arrange your to-do list, and use the Focus Mode to remove distractions. Taco supports Asana, Basecamp, Gmail, Remember The Milk, Todoist, Trello and several other popular apps. The Gmail implementation is actually very cool, since you can set Taco to only show starred emails—just like that, a star in your inbox adds an item to your to-do list.
What’s not to love about Wunderlist, that easy-to-use, versatile and cross-platform to-do list manager? If you’re a Wunderlist user, get the New Tab extension for Chrome now. Basically, it puts Wunderlist in your new tab, so you can quickly add a task item or check off anything on your list. And yes, you can switch between various lists too. It’s one of those simple sensible solutions that Wunderlist has come to be known for.
OverTask [No Longer Available]
Productivity isn’t just making a list, it’s about actually doing things. OverTask recognizes that accomplishes tasks requires more than a list, so it works like a project management system for your tabs, turning Chrome into a research hub. Basically, you are clubbing different tabs into one “task”, so you can close those tabs and move on. When you’re ready to do that task, fire it up from OverTask to open all the tabs again. Each task also has its own scheduler. And you can also share tasks with friends. It takes some getting used to, but it’s a nifty system.
Limitless [No Longer Available]
Limitless is the ultimate productivity companion for Chrome, and a big part of that is what it does to the New Tab page. At its core, Limitless tracks your usage to know which sites you are spending time on, and how much time at that. But every time you open a new tab, that’s where the app’s motivational factor kicks in. A simple message will tell you to buck up or keep going when you’re on a roll. Quick icons of favourite sites and site-based categories show how much time you’ve been spending on work or leisure. In a way, it’s a dashboard of how productive you have been—the perfect inspiration to keep your momentum or change your ways.
TabTab [No Longer Available]
A to-do list and a calendar almost go hand-in-hand. TabTab recognizes that and puts them together, syncing your Google Tasks and Google Calendar along the way. It’s basically just a bunch of widgets, but TabTab throws in inspirational wallpapers and some other design features to make it all look beautiful and appealing. Apart from task and calendar, other widgets include clock, daily news, search, weather and speed dial. Oh, and you can customize the size and positions as you see fit. Huzzah!
Do you love Google Tasks? So do we! We’ve shown you how to transform Google Tasks into a task management suite and also five killer ways to use GTasks, so now we’re making it easier than ever to access it: right in your New Tab. The next time you hit Ctrl+T, you will get your Google Tasks list in a full-screen view, categorised in a tree-like view and offering note previews. It’s a wonderful way to use Google Tasks.
While the above extensions are fantastic, there is nothing stopping you from setting your New Tab to open your favourite to-do app or email inbox or anything else that makes you productive. Productivity is about what works for you, so go ahead and set a custom URL that opens whenever you start a new tab.
What About Firefox?
This is yet another comprehensive list of extensions that makes me choose Chrome over Firefox. But come on, Mozilla fans, let’s have your best shot. What’s your favourite new tab extension that beats the options here?