One of the benefits of technology is that it can help you save time and be more productive. At the same time, the number of apps and tools available can be overwhelming. That's especially true when you find yourself spending extra time just to accomplish something simple, like updating your contacts or sharing information between different services.

The good news is that there are actually apps that will help you connect all of those tools so you can quit having to manually walk through multiple steps just to get things done. Here are three of those tools you should know about:


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I'm a fan of any app that saves me time and makes my life easier. IFTTT does that by connecting apps and services I use in ways that help me streamline tasks I do all the time. For example, if you want to track new followers on Twitter, you can set up IFTTT to add them to a Google Spreadsheet for you, so you don't have to do it manually.

Or, let's say you post an image on Instagram. IFTTT will load the full image and send it with the caption as a tweet. This is even more helpful than it sounds, because you can set them up to run in the background so that every time you trigger an action--by posting, for example. IFTTT handles the rest.

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While this isn't actually an app that you download to your phone, it connects many of the apps you use already behind the scenes. Similar to IFTTT, it lets you create automated workflows that can connect different apps or services that may not already have integrations. For example, you could connect a contact form on your website to your CRM, which could then trigger a subscriber in your email marketing tool. Then, it could notify you on your iPhone that you should follow up with your new contact.

Siri Shortcuts

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Since most of us use our phones for just about everything, wouldn't it be great to automate simple tasks like sending a text message to your team that you're on your way and then pulling up a map with directions from your current location? If you're using Siri Shortcuts, you can create automations that string together different actions. It also allows you to trigger a workflow with just a voice command.

You can easily create shortcuts using the "shortcuts" app, or take advantage of the gallery of shortcuts already available. What's more, there's a range of cool and interesting ones you can download from third parties.