Automate to accelerate productivity

Blog Author: Aaron Smith | August 9th, 2013

I am always amazed when I look at how much technology people have yet it only seems to make them more frantic. They have desktops, laptops, tablets, phones and so on yet most people would agree they have less time for the things that they really want to do. Why is that? Wasn’t technology supposed to make our lives easier and give us more free time?

I believe the solution lies in the fact that most people fail to use the inbuilt automation features of the technology they have. Most simply accept the defaults and never invest a small amount of time up front to learn how they can make technology do the repetitive tasks, which technology is really good at.

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Even when comes to humble desktop applications such as Word and Excel many people are unaware that they support something known as macros. Many applications allow you to record a sequence of steps and then replay them. They also allow you to dive deeper into the coding side and true create a customized solution.

For more information about Office macros visit:

Using macros to speed up your work

What many also fail to realize in our Internet connected world are application like If This Then That and Zapier that allow you to automate web services.

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For example, with If This Then That you firstly connect up your applications which are referred to as channels.

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You then combine these channels together in recipes that automate processes. The great thing is that many people share their recipes which saves you having to create many of the more standard recipes.

As you can see in the above screen shot, you can automate a daily email that will provide you ‘10 Things To Know’.

Zapier is very similar but has a much larger range of services you can automate. It is also a bit more ‘techie’ but well worth investing time learning.

At the end of the day you should be asking whether technology is improving your life or simply giving you more things to do. If you are suffering from overload then perhaps it is time to have a look at how technology can be automated to put you back in control.

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