Balancing Personal and Business Lives with Google Chrome

Although my life is one blur, I do try to separate my personal, volunteer, and business lives from each other. For example, I have separate email addresses for work, personal, and volunteer commitments. Until recently, I used one Web browser to manage all of it, and sometimes it would not work out as planned. And then I read an article that changed my entire operation.

In her article, You’re Doing it Wrong! Managing/Toggling Between Multiple Google Accounts, Kasey Bell explains how you can set up multiple Google Chrome accounts based on your accounts. I followed her instructions and I am not looking back.

I now have four separate instances of Google Chrome: personal, Tubarks Consulting, Wyoming Wing Civil Air Patrol, and Rocky Mountain Region Civil Air Patrol.

With each instance, I can have a unique bookmark bar, pinned tabs, home page, and extensions. When I open a particular browser, I know quickly which part of my life I am working out of.

Personal Browser

Personal Browser

Tubarks Consulting Browser

Tubarks Consulting Browser

Wyoming Wing Browser

Wyoming Wing Browser

Rocky Mountain Region Browser

Rocky Mountain Region Browser

With this set up, I can easily switch between multiple instances; however, I can also focus on one specific task and keep the distractions to a minimum. There are browser applications and websites I go to in my personal time that I do not have time for while working. My browser instance reflects this reduction in extensions.

Most importantly, I can set up a system that works for me. I do not have to create workarounds because I am using one browser to do everything.

I strongly recommend that if you have multiple Google accounts, you create a separate browser profile and switch browsers when you need to work with another account.

 

Let me know how it works out for you.

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