Written: Surviving NaNo Week 1
I’m not doing so well with NaNo. I mean, I am writing, but not all of it is directly on my project. There’s a lot to do to run a community such as this, and my brain explodes with new ideas daily. I am pleased with any progress I make, of course, so there really isn’t a fail here.
I am a HUGE procrastinator though, and easily distracted by all the shiny posts on Facebook and elsewhere.
In order to really get anything done, I had to add some Google Chrome extensions that allow me to communicate with people while not getting sucked into Facebook or twitter, or extra distractions.
So, I decided to share with you the Chrome extensions I’m utilizing and finding to be a big help. Note, if you are not a Chrome user, many of these are available in most browsers, or a good equivalent.
My first step was to save loading times since I use Google Docs, I need to be able to access my document without pause because of my limited timeframe.
The Great Suspender extension does a fantastic job of timing out the tabs I leave up but haven’t used in awhile. This is great for research, simply because I can open all the tabs I need to and not worry about them slowing my pc down. Speaking of tabs…
Google Similar Pages is another extension that is worth it’s weight in gold. As a freelancer, being able to automatically have similar articles located for me on any site I’ve already opened is a godsend. It greatly cuts down on my research time, allowing me to spend more time writing, while offering great content to the customers.
I’ve also added Instapaper, which saves any articles I want to read so I don’t have to bog down my bookmarks section. This is another handy tool for research, and allows me to close some of those tabs because I can refer to the instapaper extension when I’m ready.
Most of you use Facebook Messenger because you are forced to, but I have actually installed it as an extension/plug in on Chrome. If I get on FB, I find myself spending a lot more time there than I should be. Having to stop what I’m doing to pick up my phone is another distraction I’m better off avoiding. Instead, I added the Facebook Messenger to my browser, and it alerts me to chat, notifications, and etc. You still have to utilize your willpower, because the timeline is still accessible from this plug in, but if you do like I do and just leave it on messages, you’ll be okay.
I’m sure there are many more extensions out there (like procrastinate) that can be beneficial to being more productive online, especially during NaNoWriMo. Please share some of your favorites with me?