by Art Piccio . August 17th, 2023
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 are still only 24 hours in a day. Moreover, the decisions you make on the little things can often end up using as many mental resources as the big ones.
Many laymen, especially newbie entrepreneurs, don’t know that many routine parts of their day are easily automated and have been for years.
Only half of Americans, for instance, are enrolled in any auto-pay setup despite their having been available for decades. It seems many people 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 time and precious willpower.
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 is the most popular for automating things quickly. There’s a learning curve, but it’s well worth looking into if you have time (say six months to a year with regular study and hands-on practice or two years on and off). 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, a ton of apps 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.