When you think automation, do you think of super fancy things like robots making your bed, cooking your food, etc? Or maybe software that automatically sends emails based on preset criteria? Yes, those are both automation. But I would argue automation is even simpler than that.
Let’s redefine automation
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines automation as:
A. largely or wholly involuntary
B. acting or done spontaneously or unconsciously
2. Having a self-acting or self-regulatory mechanism
My favorite of those is “done spontaneously or unconsciously.” A robot or software certainly takes care of tasks spontaneously or unconsciously (to you). I define automation as: one less decision or action you, the business owner. needs to take. Automation can be an app, software, or even another person that makes the task seem automatic to you. Basically, automation reduces decision fatigue because it’s being done spontaneously or unconsciously to you!