One thing I love about the internet, is it always presents new ways to work smarter rather than harder. So in today’s IFTTT tutorial I am going to share the IFTTT recipes I use to do exactly that by automating a my workload.
If you are wondering what is IFTTT exactly, then you really are missing out! If This Then That (IFTTT) is a fantastic free tool that allows you to connect other web services together.
For example you can automatically save photos you get tagged in on Facebook to dropbox, get an email with a map to where you parked your car, schedule tweets from an RSS feed and well the possibilities are truly limitless.
In this tutorial I am going to share a bunch of useful IFTTT recipes with you along with a link at the end of the post to find even more awesome IFTTT recipes!
What You Will Learn
- What IFTTT is & why it is amazing!
- How to set IFTTT up & use it
- How to work smarter, not harder
- The IFTTT recipes I use to create content & manage the blog behind the scenes
- A stack of other juicy IFTTT hints & tips
IFTTT Tutorial Video
This is one of the best free tools on the market that is really easy to use but super powerful at the same time!
Resources In The Video
IFTTT.com – Create your free account now!
The Secret Weapon – The Getting Things Done system I use and mention briefly in the video.
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Today I’m going to teach you how to use the free If This Then That tool and show you why it is amazing.
I’ll teach you how to make the best use of this free service so you can do more in less time.
Not only will I show you how I use it to manage my blog but at the end I’ll give you some extra juicy tips and tricks!
Let’s get started!
What is If This Then That?
If This Then That is a powerful tool that lets you connect various channels. Channels can be Facebook, email, Twitter, Evernote, Gmail, Buzzfeed and similar things like that.
There’s a recipe option that lets you combine the various channels to set up different updates, notifications and such.
Some recipes are:
- When Facebook profile picture changes, update Twitter profile picture
- Starred Google Reader to Evernote
- Tweet about an RSS update every time it happens
You can even use it to find out what the weather’s like everyday!
If none of the IFTTT recipes are what you want to cook up, you can make your own.
How To Create IFTTT Recipes
Creating IFTTT recipes is really easy, first we have to have an account to use IFTTT. Once you make an account, you’ll come to the dashboard.
Now to make our own recipe!
- Click Create Recipe
- Choose your trigger channel, what “If then” does
- Choose your action channel, what “Then that” does
Let’s choose “Date & Time” for our example.
Say you have a specific task you need to do every weekday. Choose the option for every weekday, set the time and day you want.
Next, you’ll choose your action channel for “then that.”
I made my “Then that” to create a note every Monday at a certain time to remind me to respond to my messages on social media. Add a description and create your recipe!
It’s really simple and now you’ll always have a reminder for whatever task you have to do.
Pretty handy for those with a bad memory 😛
My IFTTT Recipe Tutorial
As you all probably know, I publish monthly income report roundups of various bloggers but what you probably don’t know is that I set up my IFTTT to get note of the individual income reports.
Here’s my personal IFTTT recipe I use to set that up.
You can see I set it up so that if a new RSS feed has the words “income report” then it’ll get sent to my Evernote. Below you’ll see my Trigger is “income report,” the feed URL and the Action which is to Append to note.
When the end of the month comes around, all I have to do is check my Evernote and all the income reports will be there in one nice notebook. I don’t need to check every single website so it saves me a lot of time.
Another way I use IFTTT is for my What I have read this month post where I gather a list of my favorite articles from the past month.
I set up my Google Reader as the first action so that every article starred by me in Google Reader gets sent to Evernote. All those articles will appear in my Reading List folder.
Better than a paper bookmark!
One more I use IFTTT is to update my editorial Calendar. I set it up so that if I have any events that start of Editorial, then it will be sent to Evernote.
I add a few tags like @work and Now to remind myself that I need to get it done.
Can’t fall behind in my workload right?
There’s an infinite number of IFTTT recipes you can come up with, it really is up to you to make it do what you want. You can even use it to back up your blog posts!
You can say every time your RSS feed updates, it’ll create a note so that every one of your blog posts get sent to your notebook.
IFTTT has so many different channels that you can even get notified when a particular stock rises or lowers, if it’s going to rain today or send your Tweets to Google Drive.
The choice is yours to decide what IFTTT recipes to make and how to utilize IFTTT to your best advantage.
It’s a great service that is completely free!