2019 Life Hacks: #5 Automate and Chill

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Automate and Chill

By Caroline Campbell | 15 May 2019

 

The last thing we want to deal with after a long day’s work is a list of mundane to-dos. While hiring a little house elf would be nice, we have a viable solution—automation. This hack will help you eliminate repetitive tasks in your life and email marketing so you can focus on what’s important, even if that’s binge-watching The Masked Singer (we don’t judge).

 

 

Automate at Home
Automating at home has become everyone’s favorite way to save time. Your smart hub controls your lighting, thermostat, and security. Instacart delivers your groceries. You’ve got all these amazing apps that make life easier, but did you know you can automate your apps to talk to each other? IFTTT (If This Then That, in layman’s terms) super-charges your favorite apps by linking them together to work in new ways. Want to save your Instagram photos to your Dropbox account? Or tell Spotify to automatically add your saved songs to a monthly playlist? With IFTTT, you can set up tasks and integrations with a few clicks. It can even politely get you out of awkward situations… you’re welcome. Here’s how to put IFTTT to work for you.

Automate on the Job
Automating your email marketing is one of the most powerful ways to stay connected to your customers. But there are other ways you can automate tasks on the job, too. Utilizing project management tools, such as Basecamp, with your team and customers is a great way to keep things running smoothly and efficiently. With a few clicks, you can create project templates with set task lists ready for execution at the start of a new project. It works for anything from delivering your core service with a full QA checklist to hosting your once-a-year holiday party. Basecamp also makes it easy to assign to-dos with due dates, communicate clearly, and stay on top of important details and developments.

If we’ve convinced you to let the automation sorcerers take over, here’s how to get started.

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