It's easy to waste time doing a lot of little things. If you're looking to trim some time off some of your daily tasks, there's an app called If This Then That which might help.
If you're unfamiliar, IFTTT is an iOS and Android app that lets you automate tasks using other apps on your phone. You create "recipes" that fit the format of "If this trigger happens, then do that thing." If there's even one programmer bone in your body, you'll take to the idea quickly.
For example, I can make a recipe that dictates: If tomorrow's forecast calls for rain, text me to grab an umbrella.
There are tons of uses, but here are four just for work.
- Automatically backup your contacts to Google Drive or Evernote. That way, you'll never lose your contacts, no matter what you do to your phone. Speaking of contacts, you could also set up a reminder to follow up if you add a new one.
- If you have an Android phone, you can you can use a location trigger to unmute your phone when you leave the office, or put it on mute when you get there in the morning.
- Let's say you're on the go and need to add something to a Google doc. Maybe it's an idea you want to jot down. You can create a recipe that lets you send a text with the idea and a specific hashtag, and it'll automatically get added to the document you chose.
- If you need to keep track of your hours, you can build a recipe that logs the times you arrive to and leave from work in spreadsheet — or even your calendar — based on a location trigger.
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Erin Carson is a Staff Reporter for CNET and a former Multimedia Editor for TechRepublic.