15 iGoogle Gadgets for Web Worker Productivity

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While there are still many who love Netvibes, iGoogle has its share of fans in the start page world. And with more than 25,000 gadgets available for iGoogle, the array of choices is sometimes overwhelming.

Choose wisely, and iGoogle can be a great tool for productive web work of any kind. But put too many fun gadgets and games on your start page, and your productive time will go down the drain.

Instead of scrolling and searching through 25,000 gadgets, we’ve found 15 of the best that you can choose from to increase productivity.


1. Today list. This isn’t actually a specific gadget, but an idea for how to use one. Choose from among the many to-do list gadgets available (whichever works best for you) and call it your “Today list”. Now only write down the 3-4 most important things you need to do today, and use that to drive you to get those things done.

2. iReminder. This is an insanely useful gadget from Todoist (maker of the useful to-do list service) that allows you to set reminders that can be sent to your mobile device, email or Twitter.

3. Timesheet recorder. Freelancers and independent contractors need an easy way to keep track of their time. What easier way than through an iGoogle gadget?

4. Procrastinator’s clock. You’re habitually and continually late for everything. You procrastinate on procrastinating. You need this clock, which could be up to 15 minutes early … or might not.

5. My earnings. Enter your data into the gadget, and it calculates your earnings by the millisecond.

6. Google Analytics. If you have a blog or website, you like to keep track of your stats. You know you do. Instead of opening Analytics every 5 minutes, just leave the gadget on your home page.

7. Google services. If you’re like me and use a lot of Google services, get their gadgets (or put them in the compound gadget below): Gmail, Google Reader, GCal, Google Docs, Google Talk. It’s extremely useful to have them all in one place.

8. Compound gadget. Clean up your iGoogle page by combining several gadgets into one tabbed gadget. It makes things much more organized.

9. World clocks. As web workers, we often work with people from across the globe. And figuring out what time it is for them can be a hassle. No longer, with this set of world clocks on your start page.

10. Document to PDF. Need to create PDFs often? This tool makes it quick.

11. Microsoft Outlook. If you use Outlook, put your inbox and calendar on iGoogle with this gadget.

12. Days since. This gadget tells you how many days since any event you enter. While this can have many, many uses, one of the most productive uses is following up on things such as invoices — you’ll always know how many days have elapsed since you sent an invoice.

13. Web stickies. Add stickies to your home page for quick little notes on anything. Very useful.

14. Activity tracker. An extremely useful gadget that allows you to track how much time you spend on multiple activities.

15. Make your own gadget. If you can’t find the gadget you want, Google created a wizard that allows you to create your own, using seven templates, including ones for photos, a countdown, lists, You Tube and more.

What’s your favorite iGoogle gadget? Let us know in the comments.

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James

I like all the Productivity iGoogle Gadgets. In all I end up using the clock most of all. I did create a few gadgets myself. I wanted something more for entertainment so I created a igoogle gadget lavalamp. You can see it here
http://www.google.com/ig/directory?hl=en&url=hosting.gmodules.com%2Fig%2Fgadgets%2Ffile%2F104734095672893128372%2Flavalamp.xml

My favorite one so far is the local showtimes gadget. My girlfriend and I have a standing Tuesday date night every week for whatever new good movie is coming out. This gadget is constanly giving me new updates on what movies are coming out and new movie reviews, and trailers. Here’s a link check it out.
http://www.google.com/ig/directory?hl=en&url=hosting.gmodules.com%2Fig%2Fgadgets%2Ffile%2F104734095672893128372%2FMovieShowtimes1.xml

Gasper

Hello peoples, I’m a big fan of the iGoogle too it just makes the internet a whole lot less scary =).

My favorite gadget (apart from the Procrastinator’s clock =)) is meteo-si, a simple but efficient world map which can be easily configurated into showing the weather report for.. oh just about any place on earth =D, and the forecasts for the next three days and the daylight/nightlight map =o. Loads of fun and really simple.

http://www.google.com/ig/adde?synd=open&source=ggyp&moduleurl=www.meteo-si.com/meteo-si.xml

Oh and I just adore the fishtank gadget..=D

ShaneG

Hey Leo, great gadgets. I didn’ know about the Outlook one.

Hey, don’t forget computer professionals need to avoid back pain and Repetetive Stress injuries like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Your readers may be interested in a gadget that i created to remind us all to stretch. I think it even makes it fun….

http://www.google.com/ig/directory?type=gadgets&url=www.stretchclock.com/google/stretchclock.xml

it’s easy to configure and use. I hope you like it.
ShaneG
http://www.stretchclokc.com

Free Gadgets

I love all these gadgets for iGoogle. I currently have quite a few games on my iGoogle page because work gets boring and repetetive.

GMAFan

I said this in an earlier comment: “…third party gadget directories such as the Google Mini Apps directory, and why not use both tags and categories? Neither Google Mini Apps or Google Modules uses both.”

It does seem like Google Mini Apps now use both categories and tags.

GMAFan

Yes, I too love to have igoogle as startpage. But although there is alot of gadgets its hard to find the ones you want. Google’s gadget directory tries to put them in categories, and Google modules uses tags, but I would like to see more third party gadget directories such as the Google Mini Apps directory, and why not use both tags and categories? Neither Google Mini Apps or Google Modules uses both.

Klondike

I’ve gotten pretty numb to Top 10 productivity lists, but this one was above average. A lot of these were new to me, and I’m a long time iGoogle user. Sweet, good post.

jason

This widget is really useful:
Email Scheduler

It creates an email scheduler, which has to be the easiest way to find a good time to gather your people together for a meeting, or for fun, or whatever. The widget composes and lays out a time-line / participant grid which gets forwarded along to all involved and filled out. Really simple and effective.

-j

Peter Kahn

I have been jonesing for a GTD like web gadget for some time. Activity tracker is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks…

bueller

i just starting using (by just i mean yesterday) google docs and google calendar and of course iGoogle. this could be the most helpful post i have ever encountered. you are awesome

http://www.drunkenpanda.com

Niti

I started using “Activity Tracker” after it was featured on lifehacker.com. I’am glad it was mentioned here as well. I just love the gadget. I’am pretty sure most of you like me need to fill timesheets at the end of the week and is always a pain. It made my job really simple. I especially liked the alert and graph feature.

kiran mova

Google has been my home page.. since forever and naturally am a big fan of iGoogle. My widgets include : google calendar which is my reminder and todo list, gmail, google bookmarks, and google custom search engine. apart from these, my front page includes dilbert, quote of the day and word of the day.

I am a web developer and i have a tab with web development widgets like open source web design, web reference news, web design from scratch and css remix.

Matt

Wow, iRemind looks really cool, might be just the thing I need to replace the wonderful reminder service on Backpack (as I don’t really want to pay $5/mo anymore). Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to work for me. I enter in times like 1:45pm and 2pm and it sets the reminder for 6:01pm and 6:16pm. Odd eh? Anyone else have this problem?

M

Amie Gillingham

does this post mean we should feel guilty for the time-waster fun gadget we’re currently adapting for iGoogle? ;)

(will post a linky dink once we release it)

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