Technology Tools That Let You Get More From Your Working Hours

by Thom Tracy

2 min read

With modern technology, you can automate a lot of the things you do. If you’re looking for ways to make your work day more productive, there are some key automation apps that can help.

Edgar

A social media management tool and much more, Edgar is a writer’s little notebook on steroids. Essentially, you jot down ideas or share links, and Edgar handles the rest. When you read an article, find an interesting stat, write a blog, take a photo, or come up with a funny quip, you share the information with Edgar and select a category. Edgar uses that information to post on your social media channels.

To guide Edgar, you create a schedule – for example, you tell it to post tweets from one category twice a week and Facebook posts from another category once a week. This relieves you from the task of updating multiple accounts, and it ensures you never ignore your social media accounts. By constantly keeping your accounts busy, Edgar helps to draw continuous traffic to your website. When the app runs out of content, Edgar recycles your old material.

IFTTT

IFTTT, which stands for “if this, then that,” creates applets that tie your favorite services together. Essentially, you create an if-then formula, and the app follows your instructions. For example, if you want to post all of your Instagram photos as Facebook posts or tweets, you can use IFTTT to do that.

You can also create applets for more complicated applications. For instance, if you use a service such as VisualPing.io to monitor traffic on your competitor’s website, it tends to automatically send a lot of emails, which can be overwhelming. However, you can use IFTTT in conjunction with the monitoring program and your email account, and you can create an if-then applet that suppresses most emails but lets the significant ones through.

IFTTT has a lot of potential to save time and boost efficiency in your personal life and your professional life. As you use it, you’re likely to find a lot of ways it can help you get more done in a day.

Zapier

Zapier is another automation program. It is similar to IFTTT, but instead of setting up if-then scenarios, you create a zap, which consists of a trigger and a series of actions to follow it. IFTTT is easier to use than Zapier, and you can choose from if-then formulas or recipes created by other users. Also, IFTTT is free. However, IFTTT recipes can only involve two steps, so you’re likely to outgrow that program eventually.

Zapier, in contrast, can incorporate several steps into each zap. Additionally, Zapier has more processes for businesses – in particular, it is compatible with niche corporate apps. You can use the basic tools and a certain number of zaps for free each month, but if you want the full program, you need to pay a subscription fee.

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