Pete and Repeat were walking across a bridge. Pete fell in. Who was left? Repeat. Pete and Repeat were walking across a bridge. Pete fell in. Who was left? Repeat. Pete and Repeat...\n\u2014 Traditional joke from third grade\nEndless repetition gets boring. If you find you are doing the same thing every day, you might consider automating it. I ran across an iPhone\/iPad app called IFTTT, which stands for "If this, then that." In a nutshell, it allows you to automate activities based on certain events. For example:\n\nEmail me if it is going to rain today.\nMail me the closing price of a stock.\nSend me a neat picture from NASA every morning.\nEmail me yesterday's airport delays.\nSend me my position on a leaderboard.\n\nNone of these items alone are earth-shattering, but the ability to reduce the effort to get access to information is worthwhile. The examples above were all individually-focused items and, although they may make life a little more interesting, they were not game-changers for me. If the effort to automate a task is sufficiently low, however, then then value of the task does not have to be phenomenal.\nI have no relationship with IFTTT other than as an end user. What struck me about IFTTT is that it makes the ability to automate a task simple enough that the task itself can be fairly mundane. IT people do a fair amount of repetitive tasks to keep the lights on, and so we like to be able to automate tasks. We automate tasks so we can either do other tasks or get some sleep.\nIFTTT makes the process of setting up a "That" triggered by a "This" fairly simply. Think about how you could apply that capability to your work life:\n\nEmail me the ticket number of any customer service call that took more than 20 minutes.\nFlash a USB light if a server or service is down.\nSend me a text message if the door to the server room is left open.\n\nThese differ from simple reminders ("Today is your anniversary," "Don't forget to pay Vendor X") because they are triggered not by the date or the time but by the occurrence of a different event.\nWhether you use IFTTT or some other tool, take a few minutes and think about those things you could automate. If they are worth doing at greater effort, they are certainly worth doing at less effort!