I is for IFTTT
If you have not explored the possibilities offered by IFTTT, you may want to consider how this free service could make your life easier.
I've been using IFTTT for over a year and I love the number of tasks I can automate.
What is IFTTT?
When I first created an account with IFTTT, people referred to them as "If this, then that," but their current branding guide asks press to refer to them simply as IFTTT with the tagline "Do more with the services you love."
IFTTT uses Applets to connect various services. You can use existing Applet recipes that are shared through IFTTT or you can create your own.
Need some examples?
Here are some existing recipes that connect various services:
What services integrate with IFTTT?
Just a few examples:
- Google Drive
- Amazon Alexa
Most recently, IFTTT added iOS Calendar and Apple's App Store to their list of services. The list keeps expanding, so if you decide to join IFTTT, you will want to check back to their services page often to see what tasks you can automate to simplify your life.
My main recipes connect a Date/Time to one of my many Trello boards.
I love using Trello to organize my various to do lists. Any repetitive tasks get scheduled through IFTTT. For instance, I have an Applet that reminds me every week to declutter my email inbox.
I have various Applets that remind me monthly to pay bills or check the status on certain accounts. I choose which date of the month I want each Applet to push the reminder out on, so I can decide if I want multiple reminders pushed on the same day or if I want to spread the dates out.
I even have certain house cleaning chore reminders that I built Applets for. Some run every three months while others are twice a year.
Applets offer flexibility in automating the mundane.
Applets are easy to build. Once you take a few minutes to create your Applet, that task is forever automated.
Applets can be deleted, but they can also be turned on and off, which is also convenient. During the summer, I turn off several of my Applets that I use during the school year. I don't have weekly grades to enter into the system, and I really don't want to see that task in my to do list in July.
IFTTT has the potential to help you put numerous services together in ways that make your life simpler and more efficient.