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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

                                                  Personal

                                                  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

                                                                gmail pushover

                                                                  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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                                                                        40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                                                        40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                                                        Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

                                                                        There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

                                                                        Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

                                                                        It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

                                                                        Productivity apps to help you get things done

                                                                        1. OmniFocus

                                                                        This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                          2. Forest

                                                                          Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            3. Things

                                                                            Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                              4. 30/30

                                                                              Recently covered here at Lifehack

                                                                              , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                5. Any.Do

                                                                                A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                  6. PocketLife Calendar

                                                                                  This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                    7. Asana

                                                                                    We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

                                                                                    , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

                                                                                    Download it here.

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                                                                                      8. ToDoist

                                                                                      This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                        9. FlowTasks

                                                                                        From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                          10. Calendars 5

                                                                                          This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                            11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                                                                                            A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                              12. Due

                                                                                              A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                13. Checkmark 2

                                                                                                I use this app

                                                                                                for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                  14. TeuxDeux

                                                                                                  Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                    15. Wunderlist 

                                                                                                    Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                                                                                                    Download it here.

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                                                                                                      16. Nirvana

                                                                                                      For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                        17. Priorities

                                                                                                        An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                          Productivity apps that help you build habits

                                                                                                          18. Productive

                                                                                                          With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                            19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                                                                                            You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                              20. Streaks

                                                                                                              This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                                21. Remember The Milk

                                                                                                                Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                                  22. Day One Journal

                                                                                                                  When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                                    Productivity apps that makes organization easy

                                                                                                                    23. Evernote

                                                                                                                    Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                                      24. Pocket

                                                                                                                      You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                                                                                      Download it here.

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                                                                                                                        25. Sync.Me

                                                                                                                        This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                                          26. Droplr

                                                                                                                          One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                                            27. Dropbox

                                                                                                                            Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                                              28. iDolly 

                                                                                                                              In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                                                                                              Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                                                29. Soulver

                                                                                                                                It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                                                  Productivity apps that help you work smart

                                                                                                                                  30. Captio

                                                                                                                                  A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                                                    31. Drafts

                                                                                                                                    A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                                                      32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                                                                                      This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                                                                                      Download it here.

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                                                                                                                                        33. Doodle

                                                                                                                                        This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                                                          34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                                                                                          I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                                                            35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                                                                                            A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                                                              36. GoodReader

                                                                                                                                              This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                                                                37. LogMeIn

                                                                                                                                                Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                                                                  Productivity apps that improve security

                                                                                                                                                  38. 1Password

                                                                                                                                                  There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                                                                    39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                                                                                                    You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                                                                                                    All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                                                                      40. Truecallers

                                                                                                                                                      Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                                                                        There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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