It may be my background in technology, but I find automation to be the greatest way to improve productivity. This time-saving mechanism is not new either. We can look back a hundred years to see where assembly lines and automation allowed us to progress rapidly. In fact, computers are made for automation.
Automation is Not Just Technology
Even though computers have given us a wealth of automation options, there are low tech methods available as well. At its essence, automation is the concept of “killing two birds with one stone.” When we combine efforts or tasks through batching we get extra work done in the same time frame. Thus, we automatically have less to do. For example, I automate mail delivery by having my kids check the mail each day when they return from school. It is no extra time for them and allows me to have mail delivered right to my desk automatically.
However, Technology Should Be Embraced
The goal of nearly every software application is to either save or consume our time. For example, spreadsheets help us calculate formulas in seconds. However, Facebook consumes days of time every week for millions of users. Thus, we need to look for ways that technology can help us while avoiding the time wasters.
Fortunately, there are time-saving options all around us from the automatic deposit of our paycheck to electronic bill pay to mail filters. The tasks we find ourselves doing every day are excellent targets for this sort of technology. It is well worth your time to review your daily tasks and find ways to automate where possible.
Links and Resources
If This Then That: https://IFTTT.com
Tools of Titans: https://www.amazon.com/Tools-Titans-Billionaires-World-Class-Performers/dp/1328683788/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1512317760&sr=8-1