Services like IFTTT and Zapier exist to help people connect different web applications together and make certain tasks online automated. The real value in using these services is saving time. Invest a little bit of time up front, and get massive returns in time after.
IFTTT is simple to pick up and follows a very simple “if this then that” format. For instance, when you take a picture on your mobile phone with Instagram and upload it to your account, you can program dropbox to then snag that picture and add it to a specific folder. Or, when you star an email in gmail, you can have it pushed automatically to your Evernote account.