I have two Google accounts — a personal one and one for work.
You probably do, too.
Don’t you hate switching back and forth? It’s not pleasant.
No matter how much Google says it is making it easier to manage multiple accounts, I still find it bothersome. That’s why I’m happy I came across a recent tip from teacher Kevin Brookhouser, who suggests using a lesser-known aspect of the Google Chrome browser: the sign-in feature.
This is how it works: You open Chrome, click on the settings wrench, sign in with your Google account, and then you’re able to create different user profiles. You can name them and select different icons to represent each user. All you need to do to switch between profiles is to click the icon at the top of your screen. That’s it. It’s easy.
Better yet, you can have different bookmarks and extensions on each profile. For me, that means that I can keep personal and work-related websites separate, which increases my productivity. I’m no longer as distracted. When I’m on my work profile, I’m doing work, and when I’m on my personal one, I’m enjoying.
Check out Mr. Brookhouser’s quick and clear explanation. It’s about three minutes:
See how easy? It’s quick to set up, and I think you’ll appreciate the clarity it’ll bring to your workflow. I’m very interested in decreasing multi-tasking and distraction, so I’m thankful I found this tip.
(Yes, this feature works only on Google Chrome. And don’t use it on a shared computer.)
Please let me know if you try it and whether it works for you.