IFTTT works by creating "recipes" to link tasks together based on one action triggering another. A simple example for this process would be, every time I take a picture on my phone, the picture is emailed to my email or stored on my cloud drive. I'll admit there are a lot of recipes that are purely gimmicks and don't offer any real value, for example, having the lights at home (connected through Phillips "HUE" system) flash a specific sequence when I am close to arriving home, whilst this may be exciting for the first few times, I suspect would sooner become a nuisance. There is an equal amount of time-saving recipes that will increase productivity and most importantly shorten your working day.
A few of my current favourite time-saving recipes include;
1. Storing a copy of every completed task from my to-do-list to a google drive document.
2. Backing up my contact list to google drive.
3. Logging the time I spend at work, home, gym etc. into a spreadsheet.
4. Emailing me a weekly report of completed tasks.
5. Uploading any pictures I take on my phone, am tagged in on Facebook or upload to Instagram to my cloud drive.
The real genius of IFTTT is that each user can define their own recipe's as well as utilising any already created, this gives every user the ability to customise IFTTT to suit their individual needs and provide the most productive solution possible for everyone.
Find out more at https://ifttt.com/