Tool of the Trade: Momentum –

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Kat told me about a Chrome plugin called Momentum recently, and I’m so glad she did, because it helps me throughout the day. (My general feeling about it is “Where have you been all my [working] life?”) According to the Chrome Web Store, 3,000,000+ people have downloaded it too.

This tool is pretty simple, but really effective. Whenever I open a new tab in Chrome, it shows me the time, a greeting, a daily nature image, the temperature, and most importantly, my to-do list. (See above screenshot.) The image above doesn’t include some features I turned off, including links, search, most visited sites, and a daily inspirational quote. There are also keyboard shortcuts, but I haven’t bothered with those.

{related: how to keep track of work to-dos}

The key benefit of using Momentum is that MANY times a day, I’m presented with my most important to-dos. They’re unavoidable! I usually leave a Momentum tab open all day, too.

It’s extremely easy to use the to-do list function– just type in your tasks (and rename if needed), rearrange them if you like, and click the boxes to check them off. The completed tasks (which are always motivating for me to see, but you can hide them) are removed at the end of the day.

You can upgrade to Plus ($39.95/year, $4.95/month) for many more features, including countdowns (for dates and deadlines), sounds, world clocks, and custom photos and quotes. You can also integrate Momentum with apps like Todoist, Trello, Basecamp, and Asana.

Update: Momentum is also available for iOS!

{related: how to manage your to-do list at work}

Readers, have you used Momentum? Are you liking any other productivity plug-ins right now?