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35 Super Useful IFTTT Recipes You Might Not Know About

35 Super Useful IFTTT Recipes You Might Not Know About

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. https://ifttt.com/recipes/1760

    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. https://ifttt.com/recipes/76862

      gmail to hootsuite

        4. Automatically send your Tweets to Tumblr Archive so you don’t need to manually post them again on Tumblr. https://ifttt.com/recipes/58146

        feed to tumblr

          5. Easily add YouTube videos you mark as Watch Later to Evernote. https://ifttt.com/recipes/80233

          youtube to evernote

            6. The same thing as recipe above but it adds the YouTube videos you favorite to Journal in Evernote – https://ifttt.com/recipes/80969

            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

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              feed to evernote

                8. Easily save the an archive of Instagram likes in a Dropbox folder  https://ifttt.com/recipes/82149

                instagram dropbox

                  9. For the avid Foursquare user, you can have all of your check-ins logged into your Google Calendar. – https://ifttt.com/recipes/21314

                  foursquare to google calendar

                    Weather

                    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. – https://ifttt.com/recipes/48

                    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. – https://ifttt.com/recipes/55432

                      weather google drive

                        12. Receive a text message from the NOAA Severe Weather service when there is bad weather near you. – https://ifttt.com/recipes/23025

                        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. – https://ifttt.com/recipes/1716

                          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. – https://ifttt.com/recipes/54658

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                            conditions google drive

                              15. Receive a text message with the forecasted weather every morning – https://ifttt.com/recipes/79796

                              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. – https://ifttt.com/recipes/62493

                                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.’ – https://ifttt.com/recipes/12567

                                  rss email

                                    18. When a new book is added to Kindle Top 100 Free eBooks you will receive an email.  – https://ifttt.com/recipes/9030

                                    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 – https://ifttt.com/recipes/81720

                                      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. – https://ifttt.com/recipes/74043

                                        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. – https://ifttt.com/recipes/12317

                                          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. – https://ifttt.com/recipes/41418

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                                            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. – https://ifttt.com/recipes/70843

                                              soundcloud google drive

                                                24. Catalog your Last.fm music history to a single Evernote note. – https://ifttt.com/recipes/65059

                                                last.fm evernote

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                                                  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. – https://ifttt.com/recipes/82433

                                                  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. – https://ifttt.com/recipes/68196

                                                    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). – https://ifttt.com/recipes/81268

                                                      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 – https://ifttt.com/recipes/69099

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                                                          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. – https://ifttt.com/recipes/65827

                                                            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 – https://ifttt.com/recipes/737

                                                              gtalk phone call

                                                                32. Another way to be notified when your package is shipped. In this case it is specific to Amazon items. – https://ifttt.com/recipes/46797

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                                                                  33. Do you like to see what the free Android app pf the day is on Amazon.com? This recipe will send you a reminder through Pushover. – https://ifttt.com/recipes/46885

                                                                  new app pushover

                                                                    34. If new Humble Bundle announced notify Pushover – https://ifttt.com/recipes/47266

                                                                    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. – https://ifttt.com/recipes/46453

                                                                      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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                                                                        7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                                                        7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                                                        Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                                                                        Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                                                                        Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                                                                        So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                                                                        Joe’s Goals

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                                                                          Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                                                                          Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                                                                          Daytum

                                                                            Daytum

                                                                            is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                                                                            Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                                                                            Excel or Numbers

                                                                              If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                                                                              What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                                                                              Evernote

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                                                                                I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                                                                Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                                                                Access or Bento

                                                                                  If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                                                                  Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                                                                  Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                                                                  All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                                                                  Conclusion

                                                                                  I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                                                                  What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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