5 Great Uses for IFTTT

Automation of workflow

I have been using IFTTT since 2014 and find the service to be very helpful in streamlining workflow.   IFTTT is an abbreviation of “If This Then That”. IFTTT is a service that allows users to create workflows using conditional statements, called “recipes,” which are triggered based on changes to other web services such as Gmail, Slack, Fitbit or Facebook.  If you have studied the 4-Hour workweek from Tim Ferris, IFTTT can assist with Step III, Automation.   Here are five samples I have set up in IFTTT that I find useful in my life.  

If new email in inbox from search for Subject: Your Fitbit’s battery is low, then create a task in Kevin-to do

IFTTT _ FitBit and ToDoist

This recipe sends a report to our “Family FYI” channel every morning with how much sleep I recorded.

IFTTT _ Slack Sleep

Have you left work yet?  Now I can send an alert automatically when I leave the office our family FYI Slack channel

IFTTT _ Slack

Record recently sold homes from designated zip codes in Google Drive.

IFTTT _ Sold Homes

Text me if it will rain/snow tomorrow.

Text if Weather changes


While our family utilizes over 60 IFTTT recipes, it is important to make sure we are intentional about setting these processes up.  I have learned, just because I can automate something, doesn’t mean I should.

Again, my goal is to make every step count, and this is a tool I use to help with that objective.    If you use IFTTT, what have you found beneficial?



Back to the Books

about a year ago, I moved back to reading books in hard-copy vs kindle

I have always enjoyed reading different kinds of books.  When I got my iPad, I moved to the Kindle format but it was never the same.  I am a digital person and try to “avoid paper”  but the idea of not being able to take notes and highlight effectively has led me back to reading hard copy books.  I find I get more from reading actual books and will probably implement a hybrid iPad and paper book reading style.  All, that being said, I put an order in for my next round of books and here is what I plan to dig into:

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“The Obstacle is the Way”

10 key learnings

Since 1998, my career has mainly consisted of joining companies that are a start-up in nature and immature in the product acceptance curve. I have been so blessed to work through the productization and commercialization of ideas with amazing mentors and leaders; I can now see how they do much of what is described below. Typically, we hear about the successes/wins, but since there are so many stories of challenges/obstacles I wanted to share some thoughts on this subject.

Recently, I was given the book “The Obstacle is the Way” by Ryan Holiday. This is an excellent book for people dealing with a business/industry challenge or is thinking about big ideas. It helped me process and formalize my strategic thinking. Here are my top 10 takeaways from the book:

1. Turn obstacles into launchpads/ how to deal with hardship. (Page 3)

As I read this section, I was reminded that “the harder the idea, the bigger the opportunity!” The book gives concrete examples from John D. Rockefeller, Thomas Edison, and Ulysses Grant to name a few.

Working in a traditional industry, Agriculture, and introducing new solutions I find there are many reasons new ideas are not quickly adopted. When we turn those ideas/obstacles into launchpads, it completely reframes the situation.  That is one approach I have taken over the last 18 years.

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