“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.” – Bill Gates
I am amazed how many times I witness individuals doing repetitive tasks over and over without thinking if there might be a better way. Sometimes it is copying data from one source into another or producing the same reports on a daily or weekly basis. While not every aspect of every task can be automated, quite often significant portions can be done automatically or with very little effort.
It has been said that time is money. Time is much more valuable than money. If you are out of money there may be options for you to generate more money, but if you are out of time then you are out of luck. Automation can help you get more done in same amount of time.
I read a book called Slack-Getting-Burnout-Busywork-Efficiency. The book centers around the need for time to stare out a window or the ceiling. It is during this time that creativity, inspiration, and out of the box thinking can begin to coalesce in the mind. Without the slack space there can be no innovation, no thinking of a better way, no time to think about the bigger picture.
In this series we will discuss how to use tools and programs to get more done and still have time to think. The tools and techniques we discuss can be extended and enhanced as needed to accomplish even more.