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Work Beyond Mac: 7 IFTTT recipes for on-the-go productivity

Jason Cipriani | Feb. 10, 2015
If This Then That is easily one of my favorite web services. With a free account you're able to connect various services, devices, and accounts that have absolutely nothing to do with one another and make magical things happen. For example, you can use Siri to turn on lights plugged into a Belkin WeMo Switch with this recipe. Sure, it's a bit of a hack but it shows what can be done with a little creativity and tinkering.

If This Then That is easily one of my favorite web services. With a free account you're able to connect various services, devices, and accounts that have absolutely nothing to do with one another and make magical things happen. For example, you can use Siri to turn on lights plugged into a Belkin WeMo Switch with this recipe. Sure, it's a bit of a hack but it shows what can be done with a little creativity and tinkering.

Besides trivial tasks like that, IFTTT also lends itself to being a personal assistant — only this assistant requires little to no interaction after its told what to do. In that spirit, here are some IFTTT recipes to help eliminate mundane tasks for your daily work routine.

First thing's first, sign up for a free IFTTT account. It takes a few seconds to complete, and you'll need one before you can add any of the recipes below. Oh, and you'll also want to download the free iOS app to your iPhone and/or iPad.

Log work hours

Whether you're running your own business, or working for someone else, keeping track of the hours you work is essential. Using a combination of your iOS device's location and a Google calendar, this IFTTT recipe can log when you arrive and leave the workplace.

While adding the recipe, be sure to set the proper location for your use. It defaults to the location the person who created the recipe used, which is obviously not the same place you work.

If you work in multiple locations, you'll need to add the recipe for each location. Change both the location and the text under the "Quick Add Text" field to give each location an identifiable name.

Log your miles

Driving around for work and adding miles to your personal vehicle's odometer is reimbursable, or at the very least a tax deduction. Remembering to fill out a spreadsheet with mileage is a chore, but IFTTT can do it for you.

This IFTTT recipe requires an additional piece of hardware: The Automatic is a $100 accessory that plugs into your vehicle's ODB-II port, connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth, and provides you with personalized driving stats designed to help you save gas.

And wouldn't you know it, the company also has an IFTTT channel. With that channel you an do things such as automatically (no pun intended) log your miles into a Google Drive Spreadsheet. This receipe can even calculate your fuel cost, among other stats.

Track packages

Using this IFTTT recipe and popular package tracking service Slice, you can forget about launching apps or visiting webpages for tracking.

 

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