HOW-TO: Cultivate an Automation Mindset

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Are you stuck in analysis paralysis? Or can't keep up with all the changes going on in your industry? Or just not enough time to do everything that needs to be done?

Join us for a discussion on how learning a few simple automation tools can change your life.

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HOW-TO: Cultivate an Automation Mindset

  1. 1. HOW-TO: CULTIVATE AN AUTOMATION MINDSET The Art of Do Without Doing +Chris Mohritz | chris@mohritz.co
  2. 2. OUR JOURNEY ● A simple decision ● Building the case (...or just do it) Interrupt me at anytime for questions / comments
  3. 3. AUTOMATION OPTIONS Software ● eg. ifttt.com ● Only makes mistakes if you do ● 24/7 ● Tireless ● No training ● No explaining ● No language barriers ● No paychecks ● No insurance ● No taxes People ● eg. mturk.com ● Easier in short-term? ● More adaptive? ● Physical activities
  4. 4. THE DECISION A Simple Mindset Shift
  5. 5. “Thinking is asking and answering questions. If you want better answers, ask better questions.” ~Tony Robbins
  6. 6. A MORE PRODUCTIVE QUESTION ● Old: “How do I do this?” ● New: “How do I do this only once?” ○ If its repetitive, automate it ○ If its unnecessary, eliminate it
  7. 7. IN THE AGE OF BIG CONTENT ● Old: “Where can I find content ideas?” ● New: “How can I have content ideas brought to me?”
  8. 8. WEAKNESS INTO A STRENGTH ● Analysis paralysis? Turn your decision- making process into an app ● Captures data for historical analysis ● Can be fine-tuned over time ● Repeatable ● scalable ● Think: executive dashboard
  9. 9. IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES Have Fun With it
  10. 10. WHAT CAN YOU AUTOMATE?
  11. 11. ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES Lifestyle ● Cooking ● Shopping ● Sharing photos (ibeam.it, etc.) ● Find travel ideas ● Local errands (taskrabbit.com) Business ● SEO ● Marketing* ● Industry changes ● Trend watching ● Lead qualification ● Syndication ● Competitor recon ● Market research ● Lead generation
  12. 12. QUANTIFYING THE VALUE Adds Up Very Quickly
  13. 13. IF YOU NEED A NUMBER ● How much is your time worth? ● How much is eliminating headaches worth? ● How much is peace of mind worth?
  14. 14. A LITTLE CLOSER TO HOME ● If someone hired you to do a job in Germany, what salary would make it worthwhile for you to learn to read & write German?
  15. 15. IT WILL BE THE NEW NORMAL “Computer Geeks” Were Just Born a Couple of Decades Early
  16. 16. GETTING AN EARLY START ● Developing software is an excellent training ground for productivity thinking ● Kids will grow up with stronger problem- solving thought processes ● play-i.com ● scratch.mit.edu
  17. 17. POP QUIZ
  18. 18. ITS NOT THAT HARD If a 3-Year Old Can Do It...
  19. 19. ANYONE CAN DO IT ● “Its amazing what you're capable of” ● Guarantee everyone in this room can write an app/script ● But will everyone put in the effort? ● Like learning a new language, once you get the basics, it flows ● Start with open source (github.com) ● Anyone can learn 10 commands, copy/paste the rest...
  20. 20. CODING BY GOOGLE
  21. 21. LEVERAGE THE WEB ● The Internet is software, so it can be driven/accessed by software
  22. 22. NEXT STEPS Yup, There is Homework
  23. 23. THE 5 MINUTE ASSIGNMENT 1. Subscribe to ifttt.com blog/newsletter 2. Subscribe to lifehacker.com blog/newsletter 3. Browse ifttt.com Recipes 4. Look for 1 Recipe that will help you 5. Put it into action 6. Extra credit: repeat steps 3-5
  24. 24. TO SUM IT UP... ● Ask more productive questions (of yourself) ● Get out there and explore ideas ● Test them ● Automation is people or software ● If software, always start with an open source app ● Think DRY (don’t repeat yourself)
  25. 25. LEARN CODING BASICS ● Search YouTube ● codecademy.com ● If you have to, force it ...gets easier
  26. 26. Feedback? Questions? chris@mohritz.co

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