Stop doing menial tasks.

23 Nov

Automated them.

If you are doing a task that is repetitive and can be automated – you need to.

If you are doing a task that can be automated – you really need to. Even if it doesn’t seem obvious or is complicated – the hours spent figuring it out is worth it.

Case in point: I am in the process of figuring out some automated analytics. The system interfaces with a dozen partners and sites, all building up information on various sites – revenue, click rate, traffic, etc. If done right it should lead to a profit of $250,000 within the first year. Roughly 100 hours will be spent on the project.

After that it is 95% automated – our partners will then take care of it all. We only get involved in completing payments.

1 Response to Stop doing menial tasks.



November 27th, 2007 at 5:30 pm

I completely agree- even without such a great ROI. I have been known to spend hours programming something to help me avoid a repetitve task that takes less than a minute. And I sometimes classify “repetitive” as anything that I will do more than twice during my lifetime. :)