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Automation: Work smarter

1950s factory

Since the dawn of man work, in some form, has been a reality for almost everyone. Whether gathering food, building, or protecting others work has existed since recorded history, and the modern world is no different in that regard. Where it is different is how we work, not too many people are crafting flint spears to hunt mammoth these days just like no one back then was stuck in an office staring at a screen. The biggest difference though is that these days, we automate much of work to get more done in a shorter time. Henry Ford revolutionized manufacturing by utilizing the assembly line. A fairly simple idea that when put into practice increased his factories efficiency exponentially. Amazingly enough you too can see similar results by automating repetitive and simple aspects of your job!

Automation is the key to getting more work done in a shorter time. Instead of wishing for more hours in the day, make each hour do more! So where do you even start? Lets start small and work our way up. You probably use email to some degree for work, but is your email efficiently sorted? Utilizing inbox rules you can automate sorting email into neat little boxes that make it easier to find what you need quickly. For instance using Outlook, you can quickly have all incoming bills go to a bills folder, invoices into another, customer requests into another, and so on so that you can quickly get to the emails you need without scrolling or searching your whole inbox.

So now that your emails are sorted, maybe you want to get more out of them. There are many tools available that will allow you to set up triggers and actions to automate various tasks. Lets say you want all of you invoices saved to the cloud, you could use something like Zapier to automatically save them to your OneDrive when they come in. Sick or copy pasting your social media posts from one platform to the next? You could use something like Social Pilot to not only put the post on all your pages but also schedule it ahead of time.

Ultimately, we humans are limited to 24 hours existing in a day and we have a lot to do in that time. You need to get your work done, cook, clean, eat, sleep, and hopefully at some point, relax and recharge, but that can be difficult in the modern world of go go go. By finding tasks that you can automate you can take hours back for other tasks. So what are you waiting for? Instead of banging your head on a wall trying to get everything done, let automation handle some of that work for you! All American Cyber would be happy to talk with you further about this and help guide you to the right tools to start automating your business today, if you need help, let us know!

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