Greg Satell, one of my favorite bloggers to follow, blogged this about 3 months ago:
“Technology today moves so fast — and in so many directions — that anyone who thinks that they can truly see the future is just fooling themselves. But what you can do is uncover problems related to your business, your customers and in new emerging markets.”
“The truth is that it’s more important to explore than predict. To create anything that is truly pathbreaking, you need to look for it in new places.”
It resonated with me, because I have a tendency to talk about technology and tools that we should use, but in all cases, it is the PROBLEMS they solve, not the tools that are important!
With that in mind, I will be trying to do a better job of communicating PROBLEMS and then how they can be solved.
And I’m not talking about big problems, or even necessarily problems — they can be challenges that we can ask “what if I could do this?” Mostly what I would consider “little” problems that many of us encounter everyday and just accept that the status quo is just the way it is. It’s not.
A hot topic these days is how all our jobs are going to be automated.
“In many cases, jobs that used to be done by people are going to be able to be done through automation. I don’t have an answer to that. That’s one of the more perplexing problems of society.” — John Sculley
That’s too much for me to digest, but if I can automate TASKS that I do on daily basis — I’m in!
IFTTT (“If This, Then That”) is one of my favorite automation services — for both work and personal tasks.
If you are unfamiliar with IFTTT, start here:
Google Spreadsheets — 3 Favorite IFTTT Recipes
I automate a lot of tasks to streamline getting things done. So I am going to start with identifying and explaining three automation opportunities that I solved with IFTTT. These weren’t problems, but rather opportunities to rethink processes that I could solve with a different approach.
I hope that these serve to get your gears turning to creatively resolve your own opportunities. It’s how we learn…
Automating the capture of content into a Google Spreadsheet is one of my favorite and most frequently used tasks, and it works with multiple services. Here are three examples for you to consider:
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