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22 September 2019

Systemize All the Things

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On social media I follow and talk a lot more about automation, dev ops, and systems. All are one in the same honestly, but for now I’m going to teach you all a little bit about systems using our fav 5 Ws.

Who

Who needs to learn this? Everyone! From small business owners trying to save time to big companies.

What

A system is a workflow for a task that has the same repetitive steps

When

There is no time like the present. If your a newish dev go ahead and look at ways you can save time (hint hint dev ops), if you are a VA or something then look at how to reduce your amount of clicks.

Where

Common places I would look are any forms, repetitive messages/trigger words, checklist…any task you can say “After this is done we move the data to there.” As a dev that looks more like “After this is passed we do this and then that and finally this.” As a security profession that would be something like “I usually run this command right after this one and grep to a file in this format”.

Another thing to look at is if you want to use this for personal projects or work. I say use it for both but that’s just me and what I do. Feel free to do as you please.

Why

I feel like you don’t need this anymore but just in case…Why learn this? To save time, to save clicks, or to reduce the amount of moving data on your plate. If you really think about it life is a series of systems (sleep, eat, work, eat, workout, eat, repeat) so why not add more mini systems? The ROI, return on investment, might also be great for you whether it be time, increased income, or reduction in Carpel Tunnel.


I hope this quick little spill helped convince you to look inst ways you can create system/use automation to your advantage.

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By: Keheira
tags: systems - dev ops - security - development