Doing the same task every single day becomes repetitive and boring.
The problem is not that it is repetitive, or that it is annoying. The problem is that when what you do is repetitive and dull at the same time, you start taking shortcuts and making mistakes.
You often find yourself doing the task all again, like who has time to waste?
Automation is awesome. Not only will it free up your precious time a bit, it also ensures that the task is done that same way every time. One thing to remember is that consistency is the key.
You could spend hours upon hours searching the internet for “The Best Way To Automate” something. But first you should identify the tasks that you do constantly and determine what you must do and what you do not have to do.
Let me explain.
- Making new contacts – When making new connections, a follow-up is necessary but with busy lives, it is easy to forget. With an automated system, you can set up email reminders to follow-up with new connections or you can develop a team and have someone else follow-up for you.
- Online consistency – Update your profile pictures regularly. Yes, updating your profile is an easy task, but it takes time. You could set up a rule to update your Twitter profile every time your Facebook profile picture changes. Automating this will help you to maintain consistency in your online presence. If people see the same image, they will become familiar with it.
- Welcome new Twitter followers – You should welcome each person who follows you on Twitter. You can do it manually each time a new person follows you until your followers are more than 12,000 (check link?). You could set yourself a reminder to thank your new followers. Saying thank you could be a part of your marketing strategy. Read this article.
You don’t have to limit yourself to services like IFTTT.com and Zapier.com. There are also other things you can automate:
- Gather Information with Google Alerts
- Learning one new word each day via email
- Learning one new joke each day via email
The small things are important and the have to get done. However, when you automate these tasks, you can focus on what matters to you. Focus on making money, not repetitive actions.
Automating just one task has saved me over four hours in the last month. Now imagine how much you could save if you were to automate two or three things. (4×3=12) If you charge $25 per hour for your services, that is $300.00 in your pocket. You could do nothing and keep wasting your money, the choice is yours.
I am available via Skype or phone. It will only take 30 minutes to see how many tasks you can automate today.
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