I ran into this thought-provoking article the other day. I immediately set out to put it into practice by turning a daily checklist into a do-nothing script. Just having this checklist in a script changed our entire mindset. I already added some automation by letting the script open some web pages in the browser that needed to be used in certain steps.
This is a great way to start the automation effort of a repetitive manual process. It has the following advantages:
- Maintain focus. Never lose track of where you are in the process.
- Each step of the process is encapsulated in a function. This function can be replaced with a fully automated implementation.
- You’ll create a library of useful steps, which can be reused for other scripts as well.
Just try it.