Jonathan Saipe

15 IFTTT Recipes To Improve Your Productivity

11 February 2014, Jonathan Saipe

If you haven’t come across IFTTT I urge you to take a look, as you will soon start to realise its huge potential.
IFTTT logo

IFTTT stands for “if this then that”. If you’ve ever had a go at coding, you will no doubt recognise the “if” “then” statement. That is, if “x” scenario should happen, then “y” should occur. In IFTTT world, this is called a recipe.

IFTTT

IFTTT enables us to connect our digital channels and services together through recipes.

So for example, I can be sent an SMS message when the weather changes, or I can automatically track new Twitter followers in a Google Docs spreadsheet, or a reminder can be created whenever I star an email in Gmail etc.

Or one I created earlier, receive an email every time a new Emarketeers course is created.

Enhanced productivity

IFTTT allows recipes to be created with a growing number of well-known channels including: Gmail, Google Docs, Twitter, Evernote, LinkedIn, FourSquare, Dropbox, RSS, Feedly, Google Calendar. This list goes on.

Connecting channels and automating events should in theory simplify our working lives, reduce data overload and make us more productive.

To give you a flavour of IFTTT’s uses, I’ve listed 15 recipes to aid your productivity.

1. Track new Twitter followers in a Google Docs spreadsheeet

IFTTT Recipe: Track New Followers in Spreadsheet

2. Keep track of LinkedIn connections’ new positions

IFTTT Recipe: Keep track of LinkedIn connections new positions

3. If I star an email in Gmail, create a reminder to take care of it

IFTTT Recipe: If I star an email in Gmail, create a reminder to take care of it.

4. All your tweets in a Google Spreadsheet

IFTTT Recipe: All your tweets in a Google Spreadsheet

5. Create notes in Evernote from Feedly articles saved for later

IFTTT Recipe: Create link notes in Evernote from Feedly articles saved for later

6. Save all your Gmail Attachments to Dropbox

IFTTT Recipe: Save all your Gmail Attachments to Dropbox

7. Add completed iOS Reminders to Google Calendar

IFTTT Recipe: Add completed iOS Reminders to Google Calendar

8. Send new email when my RSS feed updates

IFTTT Recipe: RSS -> Mail

9. Backup my contacts to a Google Spreadsheet

IFTTT Recipe: Backup my contacts to a Google Spreadsheet

10. Save favorite tweets to Evernote

IFTTT Recipe: Save favorite tweets to Evernote

11. All your new reminders in one Google Drive spreadsheet

IFTTT Recipe: All your new reminders in one Google Drive spreadsheet

12. Copy liked instagram photos to dropbox

IFTTT Recipe: Copy liked instagram photos to dropbox

13. Send an SMS when a email arrives from a specific address

IFTTT Recipe: Send an SMS when a new GMail is from a specific email address

14. Automatically tweets what you favourite in Pocket

IFTTT Recipe: Automatically tweets what you favorite in Pocket

15. Fill out a time sheet for work based iOS location

IFTTT Recipe: Fill out a time sheet for work

Hopefully, this gives you a flavour of IFTTT’s potential.

The great news is, there are thousands more recipes to improve your productivity. So sign up now and I wish you the best of luck!

  • Chris

    Is your Starred Gmail to Reminders still working? I tried it and I get an error initializing trigger. Thought it maybe was my Google 2 factor authentication but my Gmail Attachments to Google Drive recipe works. Its only Starred Gmail or Gmail Labels, those triggers won’t work for me. Ideas?

  • http://www.emarketeers.com Jonathan Saipe

    Hi Chris, in all honesty I haven’t tested each one recently. Being a third party reliant on other 3rd party API’s, they could be susceptible to intermittent issues outside of our control.

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