by Art Piccio . December 17th, 2015
Using traditional time management methods can get you pretty close, and they will work fine for most people. But still, no matter what you do, there ares still only 24 hours in a day. Moreover, the decisions you make on the little things can often end up using as much mental resources as the big ones.
What many laymen, especially newbie entrepreneurs don’t know is that many routine parts of their day is easily automated, and has been for years.
Only half of Americans for instance, are enrolled in any auto-pay setup despite their having been available for decades. A lot of people it seems can’t even adjust a thermostat properly — resulting in millions of dollars in accumulated energy expenses.
Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to take advantage of these systems and save yourself not only time, but precious willpower as well. Here’s MOD‘s take on it.
Here we cover a list of basic functions you can automate, freeing up valuable time to decide on the more important things, or even obviate the need to add additional manpower.
While there are a bunch of programming languages you could use to do this, Python by far is the most popular for automating things quickly. There’s a learning curve, but if you have time (say six months to a year with regular study and hands-on practice or two years on and off), it’s well worth looking into. The manpower and time savings can be immense — especially important for start-ups on a limited budget.
Some things you can automate with Python:
There’s a reason “there’s an app for that” became a meme. Outside of learning a new programming language, there are also a ton of apps that can help you do most of these things right away. These range from automatically recording your phone calls and sending the whole thing to an e-mail address, or an app that automatically texts a specified recipient when you arrive at a location — both potentially useful for customer service. Use your computer and phone’s functions to automatically dim the display at night, and download specific items you need.
It always takes time to set the parameters of any automation system. But as willpower can be a valuable resource, it’s usually time well spent.
What other time management and automation tips can you share?
Arthur Piccio manages YouTheEntrepreneur and has managed content for major players in the online printing industry. He was previously BizSugar's contributor of the week. His work has appeared multiple times on The New York Times' You're the Boss Small Business Blog. He enjoys guitar maintenance and reading up on history and psychology in his spare time.