Automation is a matter of settings

I bet there are a large number of actions you do over and over again every day:

  • Cooking
  • Brush your teeth
  • Supply dishes
  • Putting on clothes
  • go to the toilet

All of these actions are triggered by trigger points. The time (cooking, brushing teeth) and (physical signals) going to the toilet. There are often conditions attached to this: If you have an important meeting, you will wear different clothes.

But let’s take a step into everyday working life. There are also a huge number of actions that are carried out every day:

  • Delete spam e-mails
  • Delete (or read?) newsletter e-mails
  • Reconcile bank transactions
  • Create and send invoices
  • Send birthday e-mail
  • Edit orders in the store
  • Create monthly report

Sound familiar?

I certainly do.

Many of these actions only take a few seconds or minutes to complete and we often don’t give them a second thought. At least I do.

Want an example?

Let’s take the newsletter from company XY. It comes in weekly, but I’ve never read it. Deleting takes just 2 seconds, logging out takes 6 seconds. After just 3 weeks, I have already saved the time and yet I still find myself taking the quicker route for months and years.

That’s a very simple example, but what about the tasks that might take a little longer?

Can everything be automated?

Probably not, otherwise humans would no longer be needed.

Is it worth automating everything?

Certainly not. For certain tasks, at some point the effort no longer matches the return.

Is it worth thinking about automation?

For sure. Because you will inevitably ask the following questions? How important is this task? How exactly does it work? Who must/can do this task? Are there other ways? And these are precisely the exciting questions.

If you have absolutely no idea about automation, IFTTT, or Zapier offer you the best entry-level platforms to simplify or completely automate small everyday tasks.