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In this series on productivity, author Jess Stratton takes you through the latest tools that will help you run your business and life more efficiently. Each installment covers a particular feature or technique in a different online tool, such as Google Apps, Skype, YouTube, Mint.com, Etsy, and more. Check back every Monday for tips on topics from recording and publishing video chats to managing your finances online.
Hi there. Jess Stratton here, and welcome to Monday Product Productivity Pointers. In the last video, I showed you how you can use Wunderlist as your power task manager that lets you juggle multiple projects, separate your work and personal to-dos and more. Well, this week, I'm going to show you how to install the browser extension that works with Chrome, Firefox, and Safari so that you can add in any site to Wunderlist. And, it even has some built-in ones. For Example, you can add sites directly from amazon.com, Etsy, Twitter, outlook.com, Gmail, even IMDb.
So, I'll show you how easy it is, to continue to add sites to your Wunderlist while you're working all day long. I've gone to www.wunderlist.com. Now, right here on the homepage. Before you log in, if I scroll down, I have the option to sign-up. And here's where I can also download the desktop versions. But right underneath that I'm more interested in this button that says, Install the Browser Extension. I'm using Safari on my Mac, but it does work with Chrome and FireFox also. I'm going to click this.
The extension goes into my Downloads folder, and I can immediately double-click to start installing it. It doesn't take very long. And once it installs, from any website, I've got this handy little button in the top left-hand side that says, Add to Wunderlist. So, the first thing I can do, is add any site to my Wunderlist. For example, if I wanted to go to allrecipes.com, make that first recipe that I see. I can click Add to Wunderlist when I'm on any recipe. And I'm going to get prompted to login the first time I use it.
So, I'm going to put in my Wunderlist username and password, click LogIn and here's where I can change anything I want. For example, I can change the name of it. I can change the text. I can say why are we saving this to my Wunderlist? Finally, I can choose the list that it's going to be put in. Because I've logged in, it pulls all the existing lists that I have. I can either put it into my Read Later list, or if I'm not sure where I want it to go, I can just put it in my Inbox and file it later.
I can click Save. And the website is stored in my Wunderlist. Now, it comes with some built-in ones. For example, if I go to Twitter, I'm going to go to lynda.com's homepage. I can even add Tweets to Wunderlist. For example, if lynda.com posted a cool link that I want to get again to read later, I can click on More beside any tweet. And now, I have a new Add to Wunderlist option that wasn't there before. I can click Add to Wunderlist. I'm already logged in so I don't have to do it again.
But you'll see that it's keeping everything intact so that I can click on hyperlinks. I can put it into my Read Later, and click Save, and off it goes. Some more, the Internet Movie Database. If there's movies that I want to watch later and don't want to forget about them, I can click on any movie page And here's my new button that wasn't there before. Add to Wunderlist. Now certain ones, it creates its own list. For example, it automatically knows that because I'm in the Internet Movie Database page, add it to a Movies to Watch page.
I can click Save and the last one I want to show you, is Amazon. I can come to Amazon. I'm not even logged in and it's fine. I can click on a product and if I scroll down, on the right-hand side, sure enough there's my Add to Wunderlist button. So, I can even create a shopping list right from Amazon. And it puts it in a new, Wishlist category for me. So, once we've saved all that, let's see what that actually did to our Wunderlist.
I'm going to open up the browser version, because I'm, currently in my browser right here. I'm still logged in. So, let's see what it did. Now here's that recipe that I filed in my Inbox because I didn't know where to put it. I can double-click on it and see my list, it added it beautifully. Here's my Wishlist, list that it created. It put in my item right from Amazon. You can double-click on it, and click right on the Amazon page, and my Read Later list. It added my tweet from lynda.com. And in my Movies to Watch list, this was the only list that I already had, already going, from IMDb.com.
And what it did, is it added the movie, to the end of that list. I can double-click on it, read the description, and click, and be sent right to that page. So, Wunderlist can take an already great program and make it even better by extending it using the browser extension. So, if you take the time to install Wunderlist and use it, especially if you're e-mailing yourself things from your email system to file into Wunderlist. Be sure to take it one step further and add that browser extension so you can really start using it to its fullest potential.
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