How do you start your work day? Do you need a few minutes to check news and socials before you really get started? Then a glance at email is next, right? 10am comes around pretty quick, and you haven’t done anything meaningful.
The trick is to get into a productive context that snaps your attention where you want it to go. The browser is the first place you go, so set it up to lead you straight to productivity.
I do that with Chrome profiles.
Chrome profiles can have unique plugins, pinned tabs and bookmarks. I have one profile for regular web browsing and another profile for working. You can see my productive browser setup in my previous post.
Get creative and test out what works for you. Here are some ideas:
Use the bookmarks bar to show only work links. Put your to do list link in the most visible spot. Be honest, you don’t need a Reddit bookmark tempting you.
Pinned tabs can be even more compelling to get you straight into the productive context. To pin a tab, right-click on a tab, and choose “Pin Tab.” Your calendar and your to do list are good candidates. Pinned tabs always load, even when you restart your browser.
Set up the extensions in the productive profile to keep you focused and get your work done faster. I love OneTab, which lets me collapse all my tabs and save them for later so I have a clean window. Do you get interrupted by coworkers sending you articles to read? Try the Instapaper plugin to send them to your account to read later.
Web Browsing Profile
Here’s your chance to have fun. Social site links, trashy internet news, and deal sites can all go in your bookmarks.
Curate a row of social posting extensions.
Pin YouTube and your favorite forum.
Now close that window.
Next time your brain is done but the clock says half past four, click the profile icon and switch over to the fun profile.
Share in the comments any browser customizations that help you stay productive.