Snooze and suspend tabs until you need them! #WIN #WIN #WIN
I love when others share great tools and I love to share when I find ones as well – as proven by my gigantic ‘Tools” page I’m slowly building out. So I want to share two of the most useful Chrome Extensions I’ve ever come across (and boy do I come across a bunch of them!).
I have no prejudice toward any browser – I like and use them all in fact – yet, if you’re dominantly a Chrome user like myself, you know that if you get a day (more like week or month) with too many tabs open your computer’s performance will plummet.
The fact is, Chrome is a resource hog. After a dozen tabs are open, things can start getting noticeably sluggish. However, I hate to lose valuable or interesting information, and additionally, my work often entails having a dozen plus tabs open.
The nature of freelancing and independent work can also mean I’m working on a task, I have to send an email or wait for someone else to get something done, and so meanwhile I work on another task or begin research on something. The tabs can pile up quickly, and let’s face it, “Bookmarks” are not the best way to handle things. Once outta sight in a folder, you’ll never think of them again.
Bookmarks are for often returned-to sights, not things in progress or needing remembered.
So here’s the best two tools I’ve found for resource management in Chrome:
First, as a bonus, I’ll tell you this too: If you’re not using Pocket app, you’re crippling your life! Haha! Seriously though, Pocket is one of the few apps that I wish I would have made. Here’s the quick version on how I use it:
If you want to simply read an article or watch a video later, put it in your Pocket and close the browser tab. This will keep you from getting distracted while you work, and gives you a great place you always know you have self-curated content you’re interested in when you have time.
For working tabs though, here’s what you need:
Tab Snooze (or Page Snooze)
*I know there’s two here, but they’re basically the same. I have used Page Snooze for nearly two years, but have recently started using Tab Snooze simply because it’s a better, more maintained, more stylish, more customizable extension. They both do the same task really well, but Tab Snooze gives you way more precision on how long you snooze.
The idea with this one (or these two, for now) is simply this: Any tab you haven’t used in a while or won’t be able to make use of for a bit, but you know you need to sometime in the near future: Snooze it!
So this list will have things such as “How To Recycle My Old Cell Phones” in it, or a new theme maker I want to look into, a new software, a form I need to take time to fill out, etc.
Basically anything that needs to happen in the near future and shouldn’t be forgotten about, but I’m not going to do today, gets hit with this extension.
Then, it’s closed out but destined to come back in exactly one week (Page Snooze) or a time of your choosing (Tab Snooze) such as “this evening”, “next Monday”, “this weekend”, etc.
Super handy, right?
Also, if you need it before you thought you would, you can just go to the list and open it up (as shown in these screenshots).
One more cool thing about my new Tab Snooze one I’m using that I think I’m going to like… It also has a nifty little “To-Do” button that actually opens a browser window which you type a to-do in, then it saves it as a closed tab in the list as well. I can see some uses for this such as reminding myself why I snoozed certain tabs and what to do with them and when. If I schedule them to unsnooze at the same times, *bam*, #productive.
Then, the big winner for us multi-tasking browsers…
For everything else, there’s “The Great Suspender” extension.
This thing is a beautiful thing… What it does is, during the day while you’re working on other stuff, it takes the tabs that have set unused for an hour (or customizable for say, 30min or 5hrs) and just kinda-closes them without actually closing them.
The tabs themselves stay open with the favicon and site titles still there, but the scripts and resources that it takes to keep the pages running are no longer active or needed.
It even gives the favicons a slight transparency so you can visually detect which tabs have gone suspended. It’s a very nice touch I appreciate!
This frees up valuable resources (especially if you’re a small system user like a Macbook Air) and your system smiles and sings away! No more fans and hot laps just from browsing the internet!
Plus, major bonus I’ve noticed – since I work in Chrome so much, my battery life has nearly doubled!
When you’re ready for the tab again that day, just go back to it, click on the page, and you’re off to the races again!
There You Have It
The settings options for both of these are extremely adaptable but also simple! Essentially, they’re plug-and-play and you could not change a single thing about their default setups and still reap their benefits week after week.
So, there you have it… feeling trim and efficient again. It’s kinda like getting a haircut, huh? You feel lighter and faster already, even if it’s only in your mind. Ha!
Let me know if you have any questions.