I was speaking with a client the other day, and we were discussing blog posts and how to keep track of all of our posts and what we’ve written. I was telling her about an IFTTT recipe I use to send every new blog post to Evernote. Which started me thinking about IFTTT in general.
Created back in 2011, this quirky site with the crazy name was set up to allow users to create different triggers that correspond to actions. I like to think of it as Zapier’s little sister or brother, even though it came first. Same concept, on a smaller scale, yet still powerful. In the five or so years it’s been around, IFTTT works with a gazillion popular platforms/services like Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, WordPress, Google Assistant, and a host of other platforms and devices that will let even you control things in your home. What’s so cool about IFTTT, is it works in the background once you’ve set it up to do something. The key is IFTTT’s “recipes.” You can combine tasks, then channels, then triggers. Confusing? Here’s an example:
Let’s say you like snapping pictures with your iPhone for Facebook, but want to archive them elsewhere as well. You can create a “recipe” for your beloved pictures to funnel right to Dropbox and Facebook at the same time. IFTTT may take a little playing around with to get used to some of the recipes, but it can definitely benefit those of us who are time-strapped and looking to automate as much as we can.
These are just a wee small sampling of what IFTTT can do, but some of my favorite recipes will …
- Take a photo with my camera, and have it post to a specific album on Facebook.
- Quickly create an event in Google Calendar
- Save notes on the fly to Evernote
- Track my daily activity summaries from my Fitbit in an Evernote note
- Speak notes to Evernote using Siri and iOS reminders
- Create a visual shopping list
- Save Receipts to Evernote
- Add a photo to Evernote
- Email a photo to myself
- Save all of my Tweets in a Google Spreadsheet
- Create a new note in Evernote every time I publish a new blog post
- Save Facebook status messages to Evernote in a running diary log (It’s a great way to keep track of what I’ve said, and find a discussion quickly!)
- Help me find my lost phone, and
- I even have a recipe that will call my phone to get me out of an awkward situation.
Obviously I love Evernote, so I love all of the different ways I can automate things in Evernote. In fact, I just set up a recipe yesterday that will create a one page journaling template, tag it and send it to my 2018 Journal folder every day at 6 am. Awesome! But even if you’re not a big Evernote fan, there are so many other things this nifty little free app will do. It’s definitely worth checking out.
What kinds of recipes can you cook up to make life and business easier?
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