I will just come out with it: I have Attention Deficit Disorder, better known as A.D.D. It’s hard for me to sit and focus and make sure I get all of my tasks done in one sitting. I need someone, or something, to remind me “Hey Sydney, you posted that blog, but you forgot to post on social media.” Enter my new personal assistant app: IFTTT. But what is If This Then That?
If This Then That, better known as IFTTT is an app that allows you to create “Applets.” These Applets control little actions allowing you to free up time, and most importantly, help you not to forget important tasks to accomplish for your business. They essentially allow your current apps to communicate to complete things they couldn’t do otherwise.
Building An Applet
They have made making an Applet so simple, and user friendly. They have so many apps to choose from, that the exploration of the app is basically endless, it really is like having a personal assistant on your phone. Check out the video I posted above directly from the makers about setting up an Applet.
I myself made a new Applet using some simple apps I use every day: Gmail and my Phone’s Calendar. But let’s start from the beginning.
When you first open the app, you’ll find a section at the bottom called “My Applets.” You guessed it, this is where you’ll find Applets you’ve created. You can also find the pre-made Applets that you’ve activated or decided to use.
In the top right corner, you’ll find a plus sign. This is your signal to create a new one.
This brings you to the famous “If This Then That” page. By clicking next to the “This,” you’re able to choose a trigger app. For example, I chose the Calendar app. More specifically, I chose that when a new event is added to a specific calendar, the “trigger” fires.
Now it’s time to choose the “That” or the action. I decided that I want to email the contact added to my event whenever I schedule a meeting.
Let’s say I added a meeting to my Meetings Calendar on January 21st at 14:30 with Kit Wilton. As soon as I add the meeting to my calendar, the trigger fires and the action is an email is sent from my Gmail to Kit with the Subject “Company Meeting On January 21, 2019 @ 14:30,” at the time of setting up my action I put in exactly what elements I want involved in the body of the email. For instance, “Hey Kit, just set up a company meeting on 1/21, don’t be late!”
I will then get a notification saying “Applet Run.” Informing me that the Applet worked, and all functions went through.
These are already made to add a bit of ease to your life, imagine if you could make them work for you a little harder.
Other IFTTT users create Applets too, which is mostly what you’ll see when you explore Applets. So before you create your own, do a quick search to see if you can find what you want in a pre-made Applet.
The great thing about the app itself, is they’ve organized lists of Applets by several categories. For example: Applets for your car, Applets for the news, or Applets for the environment.
Who Is IFTTT For?
Everyone, basically everyone. It may actually be easier to tell you who wouldn’t want to use this incredible tool: people without smart phones or any gadgets, people who hate exploring cool apps, people who already have personal assistants, or those who have no reason to be more productive.
This app is free. It’s helpful. Chances are, you could use it. I personally use it to remind me to check my Wealthy Affiliate account everyday and helping those that are trying to make money with a website.
So, what is If This Then That? It’s your new personal assistant.