Are you an automator? Do you automate your sales? Do you automate the growth of your following? Are you able to automate for impact? The sooner you start automating processes, the more effective you'll become as a business owner.
I recently chatted with Brigham Young graduate, Springville resident and serious automator, Kathryn Jones. She would like to show you how how to do it too. Kathryn Jones is a bestselling author, Certified Internet Marketer and the ClickFunnels Dream Car winner. Katryn’s new book is titled Automate Your Routine Guarantee Your Results. Here is a summary of our conversation. And the thing is, a lot of these approaches can be put into place very quickly.
What do you mean by automating?
Becoming an automator really is actually a mindset and a lifestyle. The word automation means to set up systems so that things can be done without human control. We all have repetitive tasks that we can outsource to other people. We can use software systems to free up our headspace and out time.
Kathryn said she discovered in her early twenties that she was lacking motivation and will power to get up. By setting up a simple system with a loud alarm clock, she discovered that she could use that tool and suddenly set herself up for success.
She even applied this principle to eating healthier; instead of having waffles and cinnamon rolls in the house, she would only have egg whites.
All automation can be simplified to one basic question: How can I avoid making the same mistake twice? Once you answer that question, you can start automating.
So is automating about apps?
Jones says there is more to a system than just an app; barriers are important. The elimination of other possibilities is essential too. When you combine human behavior with essentially computer science coding, right, you’re actually able to program your brain.
If we look at the basics of coding, it’s zeros and ones. A computer will do exactly what you tell it to do.
So when you’re creating your routines, it is important to write out what you want to do as if you are a computer. Break it down, and you literally program your mind.
With the example of using an alarm clock, she broke it down like this. First, you open your eyes. Then you take two deep clensing breaths. Then you sit up. Next, you get out of your bed. Leave your room and close the door so you can't easily go back into your room. Then walk to the alarm clock. Turn it off. Go into the bathroom. Then close the door and shower. Once you start elminating other options, you can help your brain out and give yourself a more disciplined and regimented routine.
Yes, that example is more extreme, but it makes a lot of sense because it really breaks things down into very simple, clear steps.
Once you start automating your routines, you will also free up your time and start being more efficient and more productive. Imagine what it would be like to maximize your time and your energy. If you were to implement these approaches simply in the morning and in the evening, I have no doubt that you could have more energy, get more done and even have more free time to relax.
Thanks so much to Kathryn for taking the time to speak with me about these important topics. I learned a lot from the conversation, and know I can implement a lot of these things even today.
What is something that you'd like to automate in your life today? What can you do to put this approach into action as soon as possible?