Striving to improve my productivity at home and work

Like a lot of blokes I have a really good memory (for 5 mins after I am told to do or about something) or I file and email in a really sensible place, which turns out not to be so sensible when I try to find it again.  

I have been looking at a couple of options recently to help me improve my productivity (both at home and work), and I am so glad that I have found the site IFTTT or if this then that.

Taken from the IFTTT about page

Taken from the IFTTT about page

It sounds complicated when you first look at it but once you understand how recipes work it is brilliant and there are so many possibilities.

I have started using this in a couple of different ways:

  • Integrated with my Gmail with Evernote:  As a school governor I get a lot of emails that I need to refer to at a later date, now when I file emails into a certain folder they are automatically added to a notebook within Evernote
  • I use an app on my phone called Pushover (a simple notification app for both iOS / Android), this also sends notifications through to my Pebble watch, but with IFTTT each morning I get a notification of what the weather is going to be like,  you can choose the time of the notification, the area the forecast is for etc
  • Being an avid Spurs fan I like to keep ahead up to date on Spurs news, I there fore get an email every time there is an update on the BBC Sport Spurs RSS feed (of course this can be used for any RSS feed), I will no doubt be adding more notifications like this.

The above are just a few ideas of what I use IFTTT for but thought I would share this great site.  

One feature that isn't currently working in the UK due to a network issue is notifications via SMS.  This used to work but for some reason it has stopped working on a number of networks so give it a go, it has been reported to the site but no change likely any time soon.

Not sure if this is old news to a lot of you, if so how do you use it?

Also would love to hear other ways you help productivity etc