Over the years there have been several things I’ve automated in my workflow. This week it was posting from Evernote to WordPress, saving me over 60 minutes per week. Years ago I automated starting a project, which saves me about 20 minutes each time I start a new project (of whatever type), by populating my various workflow tools with the right things for it. I use Android on my phone, and my ToDo application Things is Mac only, so at some point I wrote a little script that allows me to jot down tasks on my phone that then got send to Things. As Things now can process email that has become obsolete. I have also written tiny scripts that allow me to link to Evernote notes and Things items from inside other applications.

I’m still working to create a chat based script in my terminal that takes me through my daily starting routine, as well as my daily closing routine. This to take the ‘bookkeeping’ character away, and make it easier for me to for instance track a range of lead-indicators.

I know many others, like Peter Rukavina or Frank Meeuwsen also automate stuff for themselves, and if you search online the sheer range of examples you can find is enormous. Yet, I find there is much to learn from hearing directly from others what they automate, how and why it is important to them, as the context of where something fits in their workflow is crucial information.

What are the things you automate? Apart from the the full-on techie things, like to start a new virtual server on Amazon, I mean. The more mundane day to day things in your workflow, above key board shortcuts? And have you published how you do that somewhere online?

One thought on “What Do You Automate?

  1. The most useful thing I’ve ever automated is the process of calculating payroll remittances for the federal tax authority here in Canada, a scheme I wrote about here:

    https://ruk.ca/content/relieving-monotony-payroll-deductions-through-automation

    and put the source code for here:

    https://gist.github.com/reinvented/22d173c7f0a607a7069ad7324b125f57

    I need to do this every week, and it’s turned a 15 minute process into a 15 second process, which not only saves me time, but also makes it far more likely that I’ll actually *do* this rather than procrastinating and risking fines for non-compliance.

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