As much fun as procrastination can be, productivity always proves more rewarding in the long run. Luckily, Safari users can access a wide range of plugins (aka shortcuts) that can not only help to increase productivity while surfing the web, but also help make your browser more unique and user-friendly.
You may be concerned about overcrowding the top of your browser, but remember that these icons are small and easily removable.
Take a look at these 10 Safari plugins that will help improve your time management. As the case may be, some even work on other browsers. What are your favorite browser plugins, whether for Safari, Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer?
The lasso tool is a way for you to save everything: your favorite websites, videos and images that you come across on your never-ending scan of the web. It is unique in that you can organize your interests by topic, and can share and browse other friends' saved searches as well.
Instead of running outside to check the weather, keep your eyes peeled toward the plugin for temperature updates. Once you set your location, a simple cloud icon will appear, displaying the temperature in a red bubble.
With this tool, every time you visit a webpage, a corresponding Twitter handle will appear on your screen (if applicable). In addition to seeing what is currently trending, you can click on the plugin to redirect to the Twitter page. Similarly, Safari140 allows you to tweet from the page you are on, and even shorten your links on the spot.
If you are getting sick of the constant Facebook changes, Social Fixer for Facebook gives you the opportunity to customize your News Feed to include the things you actually want to see. Furthermore, you can save time by hiding posts you’ve already read.
This plugin makes it easier for you to focus in on the important content on the website you are visiting. By blocking the ads, the plugin gets rid of the unnecessary distractions that may cause you to jump from one page to the next.
The big brother of plugins, this shortcut watches as you surf the web and gives you time limits on certain sites. All you need to do is specify which sites you would like to block and the amount of time you wish to spend on each site, and it will kick you off when the time is up. While this plugin requires a lot of self-control and honesty, it may be the slap on the wrist you need.
We all need reminders to help keep us in the know. With this plugin you can pre-set tasks and set up text alerts for yourself so you don’t forget anything.
8. Print Plus
Ever want to print out a few paragraphs from a long article or a photo in the middle of a page of text? With Print Plus, select which specific areas you would like to print. With this, you save both time and ink.
OpenSearch allows you to search the content of other sites in a drop-down box, without ever having to leave your current page.
10. Read It Later
Have you ever been working on something important, but you come across a great, yet completely unrelated website? Instead of procrastinating, click Read it Later to virtually drop the content into a folder. Then, literally “read it later” when you have more free time.