One of the a-ha moments for me and my side projects was finding out there existed a tool that could schedule and post my social media updates for me.

Are there things you’re doing today that could be handled or improved with technology?

It’s kind of a tough question, e.g. “you don’t know what you don’t know.” To know these things, there are a couple great resources that I’ve turned to in order to open my mind to the automation tools that are out there.

Discover New Tools with IFTTT & Zapier 

Both of these services connect one app to another, so that an action in one place (say, posting to Twitter) kicks off an action in another place (say, placing the new tweet into a spreadsheet automatically).

Where I find the greatest use of IFTTT and Zapier is in helping me discover new tools that are available to try. IFTTT is how I found out about Buffer and Evernote and Pocket. Zapier has opened my eyes to new stuff as well.

The way I discover new tools is via each service’s connection page—IFTTT calls them channels, Zapier calls them zaps.

Discover New Tools

 

Even now, I’m seeing that IFTTT connects to Medium, and my mind is starting to think of all the cool ways that a Medium side project could be hacked together: creating drafts from Evernote notes, for instance. (Whoa, now I want to try it!)

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