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The tricky thing about any self-improvement task or project is actually getting it done. It’s easy to say we want to do something, but actually following through on it can be a goal in itself.

Luckily for the procrastinators among us there’s IFTTT The Ultimate IFTTT Guide: Use The Web's Most Powerful Tool Like A Pro The Ultimate IFTTT Guide: Use The Web's Most Powerful Tool Like A Pro IFTTT is an automation that will enable you to connect 2 services so that, when something happens with one service, a trigger goes off and an action takes place automatically on the other. Read More (an abbreviation for “if this, then that”), which allows you to create a chain of automated actions called “recipes” connected to various apps, websites or functions on your smartphone. You can create and utilize recipes for any number of tasks, including those related to self-improvement.

With Halloween just around the corner, what better way to re-frame your thinking about self-improvement than by casting some automated magic spells with IFTTT? If there’s a goal you want to reach or a daily habit What Makes a Bad Habit Hard to Break but Easy to Start? What Makes a Bad Habit Hard to Break but Easy to Start? Read More  you could use some help maintaining, IFTTT can help you out.

Here are 10 recipes you can use to magically improve your life, starting today.

But first, download the IFTTT appiOS | Android (Free)

1. Follow Through on the Articles You Plan to Read

IFTTT Pocket Todoist

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How many times have you flagged an article to read later, only to completely forget about it or opt to do something else instead?

With this IFTTT recipe, any article you tag on Pocket will automatically add a task on your Todoist app. As you try to check off everything on your to-do list To-Do List App Showdown: Any.do vs Todoist vs Wunderlist To-Do List App Showdown: Any.do vs Todoist vs Wunderlist Some to-do list apps stand head and shoulders above the rest. But how do they compare and which one is best for you? We'll help you find out. Read More each day, you’ll be more motivated to read those articles you tagged. It’s an effortless way to make sure you read articles of interest, keeping you informed and up-to-date.

Download — Todoist for iOS and Android

Download — Pocket for iOS and Android

2. Keep Your Facebook and Twitter Profile Consistent

IFTTT Facebook Twitter

Employers scour social networks to monitor current and potential employees, so it can be important to use a united front for your online presence. This IFTTT recipe automatically keeps your Facebook and Twitter profile pictures in sync, saving you one more step in your personal branding process.

Download — Facebook for iOS and Android (Free)

Download — Twitter for iOS and Android (Free)

3. Improve Your Gratitude With Daily Mental Check-Ins

IFTTT Evernote Journal

This time-saving IFTTT recipe allows you to use Evernote as a journal and creates a new “entry” for each event on your Google Calendar.

It’s a great way to assess and journal about various aspects of your day How to Jumpstart a Journaling Habit with 7 Simple Templates How to Jumpstart a Journaling Habit with 7 Simple Templates If you have a journaling template, you have a big advantage: you don't have to figure out what to write! Templates are time-savers and they also reduce the friction of starting. Read More while also writing about the things you’re grateful for. Now, you don’t have to remember to make time for your journal — the recipe reminds you automatically.

If you’re someone who adds a lot of events to Google Calendar, you can jot down a few grateful thoughts for each event. Or, if you don’t use Google Calendar that much, you can create a re-occurring event to remind you to write in your Evernote gratitude journal.

Download — Google Calendar for iOS and Android (Free)

Download — Evernote for iOS and Android (Free)

4. Make Up for a Night of Lost Sleep

IFTTT Make Up for Lost Sleep

Everyone knows how important it is to get a good night’s rest, but in reality, that’s not always possible.

With this IFTTT recipe, any time your Fitbit recognizes a particularly sleepless night, Google Calendar reminds you How to Sync Your Google Calendar with the Windows 10 Taskbar How to Sync Your Google Calendar with the Windows 10 Taskbar Sync your Google Calendar with the Windows Calendar app wasn't always possible. Since the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, you can even manage your Google, iCloud, and Outlook calendars from the Taskbar. We show you how. Read More to go to bed earlier the next night. After all, the importance of resting well can’t be overstated.

Download — Fitbit for iOS and Android (Free, Wearable tracker separate)

Download — Google Calendar for iOS and Android (Free)

5. Keep Your Cloud Files Organized and Synced

IFTTT Dropbox to Google Drive

Cloud computing makes life easier, in theory. But it can also be very tedious to upload files to your various cloud accounts and maintain each account separately.

This IFTTT recipe simplifies that process by adding files to Google Drive anytime you add something to Dropbox 10 Excellent Dropbox Tools for Creative Geeks Anywhere 10 Excellent Dropbox Tools for Creative Geeks Anywhere You can use different tools and third-party programs to make your geeky work easier. Let's explore a few professions where professionals can benefit creatively by using Dropbox. Read More . Just like that, you’ve cut the time you’ll spend uploading files in half. If you need to share a file with someone who doesn’t use Dropbox, you can share your Drive copy with them, or vice versa.

Download — Dropbox for iOS and Android (Free)

Download — Google Drive for iOS and Android (Free)

6. Be More Mindful of How You Spend Your Time

IFTTT Track Hours at Work

There’s nothing wrong with working hard; it’s a trait to be admired actually. However, working too much can strain not only you but also your relationships and your sense of work-life balance.

This IFTTT recipe allows you to easily track how much time you spend at work by using your iPhone’s location tracker to automatically add the time you arrived at and left work to Google Calendar. There’s also a similar IFTTT recipe available for Android users.

Download — Google Calendar for iOS and Android (Free)

7. Keep Up With the Latest Health and Fitness Trends

IFTTT NYTimes to Gmail

Most of us would like to be healthy and fit. However, keeping up with the latest fitness research isn’t always number one on our to-do lists.

This IFTTT recipe makes the process easier by automatically forwarding the most popular health-related articles from The New York Times to your email inbox. Now there’s no excuse for not knowing about the latest in health and fitness findings.

Download — New York Times for iOS ($14.99/month) and Android ($9.99/month)

8. Save Inspirational Quotes for When You Need Them

IFTTT Instapaper Highlights to Evernote

Everyone needs a bit of inspiration every now and again. So, it’s nice to have a collection of quotes and thoughts quickly available.

With this IFTTT recipe, send highlights from the offline web-reading app Instapaper to Evernote and compile them all in one easy-to-find list. Rather than doing the old copy-paste routine from one app to the other, you can highlight the quote you find inspiring and save it right to Evernote.

Download — Instapaper for iOS and Android (Free)

Download — Evernote for iOS and Android (Free)

9. Stay Accountable for Going to the Gym

IFTTT Google Spreadsheet Gym Visits

Visualizing how often you actually go to the gym is a great motivator to get you there more often.

This IFTTT recipe uses your iOS location to track when you enter and leave the gym. That data is then recorded and logged in a Google Docs file. You can see how much time you’ve spent at the gym in a given day, week, month or year. You can create a similar recipe using your Android phone, too.

Download — Google Docs for iOS and Android (Free)

10. Ensure You’re Meeting Your Fitness Goals

IFTTT Notification for Not Reaching FitBit Goals

While the above recipe helps make sure you physically go to the gym, this one helps make sure you’re active when you’re there.

It uses your Fitbit to track your activity Take Your Exercise Routine to the Next Level With Fitbit and IFTTT Take Your Exercise Routine to the Next Level With Fitbit and IFTTT Here, we'll dig deeper into the many ways that Fitbit and IFTTT can work together to make your life better. Read More and sends you a notification if you don’t meet your daily goal.

When you combine this IFTTT recipe with the one above, you can feel great about meeting your self-improvement goals.

Download — Fitbit for iOS and Android (Free, Wearable tracker separate)

What Other Magic Spells Will You Cast on Your Life?

IFTTT and similar apps have enormous potential for automating our self-improvement goals. This list is just the start. There are so many other ways you can use IFTTT to track your habits and improve your life.

What other recipes do you use for self-improvement? Or is there a recipe that you wish existed, but aren’t sure how to create it?

Tell us about them in the comments section below!

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