But nowadays, these “workflows” (specifically referring to geeky setups, sometimes including automated snippets of code that allow complicated tasks to be done with the click of a button) are everywhere I look. Everyone on my admittedly geek-filled Twitter timeline seems to have at least one thing in their set-up that would make Federico Viticci proud. Meanwhile, I’m staring at my screen, wondering what I’m missing.
I don’t get it.
I don’t know if Adam understands what most scripts are meant for. From what he has written, his understanding points to a script as a means to automate a group of tasks and to make work more simple.
But I don’t think scripts are meant to improve simplicity. They are meant to improve productivity.
As a bookkeeper by day, I generate customized invoices and purchase orders on a daily basis. I have to create the invoice in our accounting program, generate a PDF, add the customized invoice background to the PDF, change/add text on the PDF and print the PDF. It takes me as much as five minutes to complete this process. And what if the invoice needs to be fixed or updated? What a nightmare. I would love a script that completed all of those tasks in a pre-defined order as soon as I hit a specific button.
I don’t want a script for simplicity. I want a script to save time. The more time I save completing time-consuming tasks, the more time I have at the end of the day with my family. It’s that simple.
Automation is taking away jobs by the day. Why hire someone to complete these cumbersome processes when a script/robot/machine can do the same job quicker? If this is the friction Adam is referring to, I wholeheartedly agree with him. But I don’t think the correlation between robotic automation and unemployment is what he is discussing.
Automation is used to eliminate simple, time-consuming tasks to make more time for more pressing issues. I think this is efficiency at its finest.
Granted, there may be a better way of performing this process, but I have yet to figure out something that would fit. If you have any ideas, please let me know. ↩