There's never enough time in the day, but a few well-thought out automations can save you a bunch of it. Of course there are processes, apps and tools to help you automate many and varied aspects of your business, but here are three easy ones to ease yourself into it.
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Automations can include everything from complex scripts that bring together several programs to automate a repetitive process, to simple email filters that sort your messages into their proper folders. Flying Solo points out one thing that the best automations tend to have in common: "Some of the most effective automations you can put in place in your business are small replacements for tasks that take a large tax both on your time and mindset."
Here are the three automations recommended to give your workflow a much needed kick:
#1 Meeting Schedules
Meeting scheduling is one of the more common automations going around -- as the regular back-and-forth of trying to find a time that suits all parties involved is bound to waste some time. Luckily there are plenty of apps, plugins and services that will let you schedule a meeting with just a link and a booking form.
Even though it may feel wrong using a template to send emails instead of crafting a nice, personal message each time, the reality is that in most businesses you'll find yourself writing the same email again, and again, and again. Why not save yourself the time and create a template. While this is a feature that's built into most email clients, it's surprising how many people have just never taken the time to implement it.
You don't even need any special tools for this one. Most email clients will have this feature built in.
#3 To-Do List
Getting in the habit of adding tasks to your to-do list as they crop up is hard, but there's an easy automation you can do to make the process simpler. How many of your tasks come in through email? All of them can be simply and easily added to your to-do list with an app or plugin that links two different services together (such as, in this case, Gmail and Google Tasks).
You can read about this in more detail over at Flying Solo's article at the link below.
[3 business automations you can implement in the next two hours -- Flying Solo]