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September 12, 2017   |   Episode #:

035: Automations: Systems that Work for You

In This Episode:

Learn how to use automations as a system that will help you with tasks that need to be done each week or every month. We’re continuing our topic for this season all about personalized systems by discussing how automations can help you take the thinking out of it, as you break down and easily manage tasks, allowing you to complete any goal and project on time and without stress.

Show Transcript:

The Big Idea

Like good habits, automations help you take the thinking out of it

Questions I Answer

  • How can I make it easier to be productive?
  • What is one simple tip to increase my productivity?
  • What kinds of tasks can I automate?
  • How can I make it easier to make better decisions?

Actions to Take

  • Create a monthly task list of what you need to do each month throughout the year. These things are tasks that aren’t scheduled as part of our normal automations. For example: fertilize the yard in April and then again in October; disinfect the dishwasher in March, June, September, and December; waterproof the deck in April. For work, we do things like checking shipping rates in February. We do a rehouse reorganization in March and again in August.
  • When you’re creating automations, consider consolidating your chores into batches. Dedicate batch time for cooking, cleaning, finances, whatever. This can be more effective than sporadically doing these chores throughout the week. You can even automate which days you do different activitie

Key Topics in the Show

  • Eliminate decision fatigue by implementing automations into your lifestyle.

  • How to make sure automating tasks works for you at home and at work so that you always complete your tasks and projects.

  • Everyday examples of how I automate my chores, projects and tasks, and you can too.

  • Actionable tips and how to use your free download to help you create your own automation systems.

Resources and Links

  • PRODUCTIVITY TIP: go back and look at your calendar from this past month, and maybe even the month before, to get an idea of what it is that you’re doing on a regular basis. Then you can start plugging them into your automations calendar.
  • PRODUCTIVITY TIP: Don’t pile a bunch of things onto Monday. Make sure that you’re keeping the harmony in your planning. When you’re doing the automations calendar, think about tasks that possibly go together so you could batch items together. Have one day that’s dedicated to cleaning and another day that’s dedicated to most of your cooking for the week.
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Tanya Dalton is a woman productivity keynote speaker, a time management author and host of one of the best productivity podcasts for women.