Using IFTTT to Automate Your Life

Technology should work for us, not against us. I read an article the other day about how the world's fair in 1964 envisioned technology creating a life of leisure, but the reality is that we are working harder (and more hours) because we are always tied to our tech.

I believe that technology should be put to use for us, and that our lives should be easier because of the gadgets we have.

Focus Your Time and Tame Your Inbox With Unroll.me

If you’re like me, you have subscribed to a bunch of email lists of things you love, but now you don’t know what to do with them. I used to get so many notifications on my iPhone, distracting me from important things that need to get done. It would drive me nuts to feel that buzz in my pocket, pull it out, and see that it was only a new Twitter follower. Then I found out about Unroll.me.

Coffitivity: An App to Keep You Productive

I love going to Starbucks or any other coffee shop to get some work done. Since part of my job is teaching, I often have either studying, reading, or writing to do, and I will often take that work to Starbucks, get myself some coffee, and get to work.

The Problem

I can't always get to Starbucks, though. Sometimes I get stuck working from my tiny workspace I have in our 1000 square foot house while my wife and 3 kids do homeschool downstairs. It's not the quietest situation you can imagine, but I have found a website and app that has helped me be more productive.