Not a lot of people think about automating their lives. Time is like money and it is really easy to “nickel and dime” your day away. What I mean is, having to do a lot of small tasks can accumulate to be a huge time suck.

We have talked about IFTTT here on Lifehack. A lot of times the web-app is talked about, but all of the really useful Recipes are overlooked. That’s the part we will be talking about today: a big list of IFTTT Recipes you can use to make your life easier.

Social Accounts

Social media is a huge time suck if you let it be. A lot of the recipes below can really speed up your social network interactions.
1. Easily change your profile pictures. When you change your Facebook, your Twitter profile picture updates automatically.

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2. When you are tagged in a photo on Facebook, the image is sent to your Dropbox.

facebook to dropbox
3. When you receive a new email about a new Twitter follower in your Gmail inbox, tweet the new follower a welcome message.

gmail to hootsuite
4. Automatically send your Tweets to Tumblr Archive so you don’t need to manually post them again on Tumblr.

feed to tumblr
5. Easily add YouTube videos you mark as Watch Later to Evernote.

youtube to evernote
6. The same thing as recipe above but it adds the YouTube videos you favorite to Journal in Evernote –

youtube favorite to evernote
7. Adds anything starred in Google Reader to a note in Evernote for later reading or keeping track of interesting articles

feed to evernote
8. Easily save the an archive of Instagram likes in a Dropbox folder

instagram dropbox
9. For the avid Foursquare user, you can have all of your check-ins logged into your Google Calendar. –

foursquare to google calendar


Automating any important weather updates will make a life a lot easier. Some of the recipes below will let you know when the weather changes, automatically track when it rains and more.
10. Receive a text message when the weather changes. While the default is set to notify you of rain, you can change the trigger to use rain, snow, cloudy or clear. –

Current condition to sms
11. When you want to keep track of the weather each day, this recipe will log the weather conditions daily at sunrise to a spreadsheet in Google Drive. –

weather google drive
12. Receive a text message from the NOAA Severe Weather service when there is bad weather near you. –

rss text message
13. Be notified by text message of the weather when it calls for rain, snow, cloudy or clear weather. You will also receive the high and low temperatures for the day. –

weather sms
14. Log rain in your city to a spreadsheet as it happens. This recipe will also add to a spreadsheet in your Google Drive. –

conditions google drive
15. Receive a text message with the forecasted weather every morning –

sunrise sms
16. Do you ride a bike to work sometimes? This recipe will add an event to your Google Calendar letting you know it’s cool to bike to work. It will also let you know the temperature so you know what to wear. –

forecast google calendar

Just for fun

Some of the other things you can add recipes to your account to do are more for fun than being important.
17. Every morning you can receive an email with ’10 Things To Know This Morning.’ –

rss email
18. When a new book is added to Kindle Top 100 Free eBooks you will receive an email.  –

notification email

19. If you are always on the lookout for new cool wallpapers for your computer desktop background, This recipe will look on Reddit and email you a 3840×1080 wallpaper from r/wallpaper –

wallpapers email
20. It’s not like many people receive and read the daily newspaper anymore. This means a lot of time you miss your daily comics. Get the Daily Dilbert comic strip delivered to your email. –

dilbert gmail
21. Want to make sure you know what the new and cool movies and television shows are on Netflix? This recipe will email you when new titles are added to Netflix’s streaming service. –

new netflix email
22. If you are into home automation and have some Belkin WeMo Switches, you can use a recipe to turn on some lights or other devices when the sun goes down. –

sunset webo


23. Keeping up with all of the new music coming out is hard. This recipe will download publicly favorited songs on SoundCloud to your Google Drive. –

soundcloud google drive

24. Catalog your music history to a single Evernote note. – evernote


25. Do you want to track the days you actually go to the gym? Send IFTTT a text message with a hashtag like #workout and a line will be added to a spreadsheet in Google Drive. –

sms google drive

26. Want an easy way to find your phone? Send an email to IFTTT and IFTTT will call your phone to help you find it. –

email phone call
27. Don’t have access to your Evernote account? Sent IFTTT a voicemail and it will be transcribed and placed in Evernote (with a link to the original audio). –

voicemail evernote
28. Now all your orders at one place! This will create PDF of the receipts in your Gmail and save to Dropbox

email receipt dropbox
29. When you order a package, you can have the package tracking show up in Google Calander –

package google calendar
30. Are you a Google chat user? Use it to track your gas log by sending IFTTT a message with your mileage, odometer reading and other information will be placed into a spreadsheet. –

gtalk spreadsheet
31. Are you stuck in a horrible conversation and need an excuse to walk away? Send IFTTT a message and it will call you back with a rescue call –

gtalk phone call
32. Another way to be notified when your package is shipped. In this case it is specific to Amazon items. –

gmail pushover
33. Do you like to see what the free Android app pf the day is on This recipe will send you a reminder through Pushover. –

new app pushover
34. If new Humble Bundle announced notify Pushover –

humble bundle pushover
35. Receive a Pushover reminder to take out the trash in the morning. With this recipe you can choose the day or days of the week and time to receive the notification. If you want the notification to be used for something other than taking out the trash, you can change the message too. –

daily reminder pushover

These are only a few of the thousands of possible recipes created and shared by other people, not to mention the almost infinite number of channels you can combine to make your own recipes.

Do you have a really cool IFTTT recipe you’d like to share? Link to it in the comment section below.

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