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Automation – Minimizing Manual Processes

There is no doubt that our world is moving faster and becoming more efficient with each passing day.  We all have computers in our pockets, and we don’t go a day without being directly affected by the astounding leaps of technology that have taken place over the last few decades. Daily activities are becoming less manual with automation taking over and our efficiencies are increasing.

Yet, even with our huge advances in technology and data usage, many of us are still stuck in the old ways of storing and sharing this data.  We try to manually store it, arduously picking and choosing each file we wish to save.  But why?

 

You’re already doing it

On a daily basis most of us allow software to think for us. For example, if you need to upload a specific set of titles from a database of articles that only have the keywords weight loss or exercise, you just input that requirement, and you are done.  In seconds, you have a list that could’ve taken you hours.  It’s something that is now intuitive for us. So why don’t we do the automate everything? We’d have so much time on our hands.

 

People Crave Control

 The simple fact is that we like control.  It’s natural to the human condition.  And really, on the face of it, the logic makes sense: you know what you need to save and send, so you have to be the one to do it.  It’s understandable, but unfortunately it’s a false argument.  The ultimate form of control that we can have on our lives is how we choose to spend our time. Automation goes against that natural desire for control.

It’s a mindset change. If you currently spend even just a few hours a month on a manual task, like preparing product data files to send to your customers, imagine automating that process and having that extra time to do something that adds more value. Data management can often be manual and labourious, it’s not one of the most rewarding tasks, while necessary it’s not fun. It’s the ideal candidate for automation.

 

Recovery from Old School Syndrome

 Sometimes, the old way of doing things is better.  Like making wine or furniture.  But when it comes to data, we need to adopt the new methods, or we’ll be setting ourselves back.  If simplicity and ease of use don’t drive you, then just think of this: your competitors are doing it.  That means that they’ve got more time in the day.  They’ve got more time to move ahead.

Let’s drop the fears of yesteryear, when everyone thought computers were unreliable and would lose all our files.  That simply isn’t true.  What they can do is complete monotonous tasks in minuscule fractions of the time any person could hope to do it in.  So give some new software a try, and open your world to a new dimension of time.   Even just one process might make the world of difference!