Automated

A computer will do billions of instructions each second. Even though each action is tiny, enough of these small actions, strung together can have some very impressive results. These little instructions are what make it possible for you to watch Netflix, receive an email, and update Facebook all at the same time.

In our daily work, we all do tasks that involve many small decisions which we make in a split second. What words should I choose to write in this blog? What keys should I press? Should the next words be BOLD AND ALL CAPS? Many of these decisions are creative in nature. It matters whether we choose one result over another. The output that we choose makes a difference in another person’s life.

There are many actions in our lives that don’t require creative thinking. Once I am done writing this blog, I will post it so that it is published at 6:30 am. I have made the creative decision of when I want to post it, but there is no additional value if I post it through the email plugin, or if I go through the dashboard of my WordPress site. Any action where creative thinking doesn’t add additional value to each step can be automated.*

To automate a task, we can break down the task into it’s simple, uncreative parts, and have a computer do each step of the job. Even though automation may seem daunting when you look at it as a whole, breaking it down into simpler pieces can make it more manageable. To post a blog post, I would need to:

  1. Log into WordPress
  2. Select New-Post
  3. Copy the Title from my Grammarly document. Paste it into WordPress
  4. Copy the body from my Grammary document. Paste it into WordPress
  5. Set the time of the post
  6. Click ‘Schedule Post’ to save my post for future publishing.

With the right tools, I could make my posts automatic. I could easily purchase and use a Robotic Process Automation tool, or use Selenium or AutoIT if I didn’t want to pay for a tool.

* Creativity In The Automation Process

When creating automation, you should start with understanding the purpose of your automation. In the example I used it sounds like the goal is to save myself some time.

Creativity in automation comes from finding the best way to achieve your results. If I am looking to save time, then making a Robotic Process Automation of post my work. A more efficient approach would be to find a way to make Grammarly more useful within WordPress, thereby eliminating the need to cut and paste into a new post.

Automation isn’t the end goal. The purpose of automation is to make more room for our creative work. The more non-value-added tasks that we can move out of our day-to-day work, the more room we have for creative and empathetic work. The more empathetic work that we can do, we will make better changes in the world.