Whether it’s your business, your home life, your hobbies, your kids, email, everything, why would you want to automate? Surely, you’ve got to have control over the little-bitty decisions all in your life, right? Nah, I don’t think so.
Depends on how much you value your time, your life, your money, and other things that you’ve come to be accustomed to, or maybe you’re very much interested in increasing your attention of.
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I have a high priority on family time, autonomy, control, that kind of thing; time, income, and money. In order to increase all of those three into harmony that my family and I can appreciate, I think it’s best to do everything at least once so you understand the process.
And you can kind of figure out your own best approach to it, and then seek to automate as much as you can, so you can focus on the creative, the strategy, the less automatable things in your life, your business, your school, your hobbies, and everything.
For instance, if there’s data you need to process, if there’s a line of tasks that can be outsourced, or programmed where it’s step one through ten with maybe a couple of variables in-between, there’s no reason that you need to repeat that, and dedicate your own life, your time, and your personal energy to it once you’ve got it down.
For instance, sometimes generating content, getting feedback on market, target market information, doing marketing, advertising, product research, some of these things that can be done concurrently while I’m focused on growing the business doing strategy, working up ideas for new products, and overall looking forward in the growth of the business, while not necessarily having to do the standard operating procedure tasks that are in my life.
So, even if it’s something such as using Excel to automatically manipulate a whole bunch of survey data, or using Mechanical Turk for generating information about target markets so you don’t have to go into situations blindly, you have good information on at least the starting point for approaching a market.
Now, these are, of course, are things that are specific to what I do in a daily business, but if you have someone that mows your lawn, if you have someone that helps you do your taxes, if you have people that help you do the things that maybe you’re not the best at, you don’t have the time for, or you’d rather not focus on, but are familiar with, those are prime candidates to outsource, to automate, to take out of your daily life, so that you can focus on things that bring greater returns in whatever that means for you.
So, the right time to automate is when you have the capital, you have the process down, and you’re ready to enhance your ability to do other things. In other words, right now.
So, good luck. Automate away, don’t worry, there’s always more stuff for you to do. Work on your business, work on your life, work on your career, don’t just work in it, increase in growth.
Have a good one, and peace out.