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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

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                      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

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                          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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                                              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

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                                                              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

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                                                                    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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                                                                        Published on September 20, 2018

                                                                        11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                                                                        11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                                                                        In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                                                                        Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                                                                        In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                                                                        Minimizing Tabs

                                                                        Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                                                                        Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                                                                        Incognito Mode

                                                                        Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                                                                        1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                                                                        2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                                                                        3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                                                                        This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                                                                        Save Webpages as PDF Files

                                                                        Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                                                                        Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                                                                        Open Recently-closed Tabs

                                                                        Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                                                                        One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                                                                        The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                                                                        Solve Mathematical Problems

                                                                        Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                                                                        For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                                                                        Play Media Files

                                                                        Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                                                                        In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                                                                        Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                                                                        With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                                                                        Stay Focus(e)d

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                                                                        Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                                                                        With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                                                                        This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

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                                                                        You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                                                                        Loom

                                                                        There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                                                                        There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

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                                                                        Chrome Calendar Extension

                                                                        No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                                                                        Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                                                                        Final Thoughts

                                                                        Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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