Productivity enthusiasts are always looking to shave a few seconds here, a few seconds there, from their workload, knowing that over time, seconds add up to minutes and hours and days of your life that could be better spent. The Android app EasilyDo (free; also available for iPhone) promises to save these precious seconds and minutes for you by automating simple tasks. It did so pretty well on my iPhone 5, but the Android app, which only just became available, wasn’t perfectly reliable yet in my testing. Still, the app serves a great purpose. EasilyDo’s capabilities span all areas of digital life, from saving new contact’s information right into your address book with the touch of a button, to letting you schedule a “happy birthday” post to appear on a friend’s Facebook timeline.
EasilyDo offers many more services, and it takes very little time to use. With the Android app, I found there was some learning curve in terms of understanding what all the menu options meant, and getting them all to work as expected. With time, though (based on my experience with the iPhone version, too) EasilyDo adds up to hours and days of saved effort. It’s an indispensible free app.
Setting Up and Using EasilyDo
For EasilyDo to work, you need to connect it to a variety of other services, such as your email and calendars. Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Microsoft Exchange, and IMAP email accounts are all supported, as is connectivity to Evernote, iCloud, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter (although you can only connect one Facebook account). After you authenticate your connections, EasilyDo will get to work looking for tasks it can automate—although there are more settings you can configure to further tailor what kind of notifications EasilyDo will provide (I’ll provide a few examples below).
The app’s opening page shows new notifications and suggested actions, which could be anything from “Add Lulu Esperanza to Contacts” to a brief weather report update. The iPhone version has a “swipe left” function to delete a notification that you don’t want to act on, while the Android version uses left and right swipes to actually give you more notifications that are of the same type. I couldn’t figure out in the Android app how to simply delete a notification that I didn’t want.
Tap on any entry, and EasilyDo either completes the action immediately, or gives you a little more information if it needs you to make another decision first, such as asking how you’d like to phrase your “happy birthday” Facebook post and whether you want to include a gift.
If a notification isn’t relevant, you can swipe across it to delete it. Note that you have to tap to make the action occur. EasilyDo won’t just accomplish tasks without your permission, which is good. It appropriately balances automation and authorization.
The settings let you configure the notifications you get from EasilyDo, and they’re expansive. You can “show support” when someone on Facebook posts bad news. You can track shipments when a package ID comes into your email account. You can merge duplicate contacts, automatically dial into conference calls, and even get a heads-up regarding bad weather in your area. The options go on and on, and new ones pop up all the time. There are ways to interact with scheduled events, restaurant reservations, boarding passes, and more, all of which save you time and help you tick off things you’ve been meaning to do.
One problem in testing the Android version is I set up a notification to “alert me when emails from Jill Duffy arrive, with subject line ‘work’” and then sent myself two emails that met the criteria to test it, then refreshed and waited (and refreshed and waited, and on) for the notifications to show up. One did eventually arrive, about five or six minutes after I sent the email. My takeaway sentiment was that EasilyDo can automate some great tasks, but you may not want to fully rely on it to so. It works for things that you may have forgotten and that aren’t crucial, but I would not trust it as a sole source give me notifications that are important.
The free and handy EasilyDo app automates a wide variety of simple tasks that add up to save you a good deal of time and effort. It should go straight to your list of recommended Android apps. Install EasilyDo, customize it as you need, and let it find all those jobs you formerly forgot to do yourself, but tread cautiously if you’re going to rely on it for important information.
Copyright © 2012 Ziff Davis, Inc