As creatures of habit we often follow patterns of behaviour from the minute we wake up in the morning. It’s an automatic life driven by ever-evolving technology that makes us more efficient even as we manage and monitor our lives more than ever.

IFTTT, which stands for “If this, then that,” is a free app that lets you automate your life by using “recipes” to control devices and products, including those in a connected home.
The app offers more than 350 recipes related to Samsung and LG appliances, Nest thermostats, Philips Hue light bulbs and more. It lets you customize many recipes and set alerts.

For instance, program recipes to get your java brewing at 7 a.m., turn your lights on at sunset and command Alexa to find your smartphone hidden behind a cushion on the sofa.