Life is busy these days and everyone has their own routines throughout the day. Whether you embrace technology or shy away from it there is one platform that can help simplify our routines and make our lives a bit easier. It is called IFTTT.
I use IFTTT myself and I love it! Obviously I don’t use it for everything but there are some things that I can set it to do that frees up my time. Time is important whether you are a blogger or if you just want to have more time with your family. IFTTT is a technology that makes all your internet connected devices and apps work with one another. I am certain there are many things you already use that you could incorporate into IFTTT. IFTTT stands for If This, Then That. It is great because it can make our lives easier and simpler. IFTTT can free up your time so you have more time to spend with your kids or take a well deserved break.
The explanation below may sound a bit overwhelming but some examples that I use IFTTT are:
- To automatically keep a list of all of my blog posts and the link to them on one spreadsheet.
- To automatically share posts to Facebook or Twitter.
- To leave the same message at a certain time so I don’t forget.
- To keep track of every Tweet I send.
- To keep track of every Tweet that contains a certain hashtag. This is great for bloggers to be sure their co-hosts are sharing and to have for the sponsor.
There are so many other ways to use IFFF. Read more below.
IFTTT is both a website and a mobile app available on iOS and Android devices. It is not a physical piece of technology. IFTTT may sound like a complicated technology that only people in Silicon Valley can understand, but it is surprisingly easy and simple to use. To set up an integration between two different apps, two different devices, or a device and an app, you must use applets. Applets are essentially the conditional statements or pairings you create between two services. It makes the two devices speak the same language.
Parenting can be stressful, but IFTTT can help eliminate some of that by reminding you to breathe and take time for yourself. When you use IFTTT to pair your Hue lights and alarm, you get a daily meditation reminder on your phone automatically and your lights will dim on their own.
Have trouble keeping track of all those soccer practices, rehearsals, and play dates? IFTTT can help. IFTTT can automatically create a to do list in your phone or add a reminder in your phone for every email you star on the Gmail app.
Worried about leaving the kids home for a bit? Use IFTTT to connect the Ring doorbell, a smart doorbell which can be controlled on the Ring app, to your Hue lights. This way, your house lights automatically turn on when motion is detected outside.
You can even integrate your bed with IFTTT through the Eight Smart Mattress. You can then connect your bedtime routine to other devices and apps like Hue lights and WeMo enabled coffee maker to make waking up and going to bed easier. You can set up integrations like: pair your alarm with smart light bulbs to get woken up by lights turning on gradually in your bedroom — or in your kids room to wake them up more smoothly than a phone alarm would!
Between getting the kids off to school and making their breakfast, sometimes you don’t have time to make your morning cup of Joe. You can use IFTTT to have Eight brew your coffee for you when you wake up. You can also pair Eight with your Nest thermostat to automatically turn the bed warming feature in the Eight Smart Mattress if the temperature drops. Learn more here.
There are hundreds of other pairings you can create that work best for you. You don’t need to buy complicated, expensive products to make your life easier.
Kids are expensive enough, but luckily this service doesn’t a cost penny. You simply sign up with your email and create a login and a password.
Download the IFTTT app on the app store today.
Credit: Some content for this article was provided by Emily Bertha from Eight