October 10, 2022
You forget to print your boarding pass but don’t sweat because of the self-service kiosk at the airport. You’re out of cash while shopping but the good old ATM comes to your rescue. You’re not in the mood to cook so you place an order on Doordash instead and your food arrives at your doorstep.
At least part of all this happens without you doing much. Sure, you initiate the action. But the right boarding pass prints on its own. The right count and denomination of bank notes from the ATM emerges on its own. And the Doordash order gets communicated to the restaurant and the delivery person on its own.
Thanks to one technology we can’t get enough of. Automation.
We’ve figured out thousands of powerful tools and tricks to let machines perform everyday, mundane, repetitive tasks for us. So that we can devote our most-precious assets—time and cognitive capacity—to meaningful, fulfilling work that makes a difference.
These tools and tricks collectively fall under the umbrella of task automation.
Task automation refers to executing tasks with minimum human assistance possible.
Using dedicated tools and software, you can eliminate the manual effort required to perform simple, everyday, and often, repetitive tasks.
The goal of task automation is to streamline routine processes, make them more efficient, and ultimately supercharge people’s productivity.
Today, you have a plethora of tools to choose from for virtually all of your repetitive, recurring tasks.
Superhuman uses AI to triage your inbox, unsend emails, glean insights from social media, and schedule messages & follow-ups automatically. Buffer is your understaffed marketing team’s social media manager and takes functions such as scheduling posts, repurposing content, gathering analytics etc. off your very full plate.
The possibilities are endless.
But for the purpose of this blog post, I’ve tried to restrict myself to the very best automation software out there in 2022. Take a look!
Here are the top 11 tools that’ll give you the most banfg for your buck while automating everyday tasks.
Zapier automates busywork across a whopping 5000+ apps to free up your time.
You start by designating a trigger, like receiving an email. You can then define what that trigger should do—like copying any email attachments to your Google Drive and sending you a Slack alert. Zapier also has ready-made workflows.
With Zapier, your team can
IFTTT is a productivity app that simplifies automation. The no-code platform allows you to automate tasks from anywhere. It helps you skip repetitive tasks such that your personal "robot" can handle them instead.
IFTTT lets you:
OSlash’s complete productivity suite comes with a host of applications to save you ~30 hours every month spent on searching for information, navigating through the clutter of workplace URLs, and typing frequent texts over and over.
HubSpot is one of the most popular tools for Marketing, Sales, and Customer Service automation. Its OperationsHub offers you a visual, no-code, intuitive automation builder that lets even beginners build complex automation sequences.
Use HubSpot to:
Airtable’s simple yet powerful automations make it what it is—a solution to create no-code apps for managing virtually every business need. You can configure up to 50 automations within an Airtable base and add up to 25 actions in each automation.
Airtable lets you and your team:
ClickUp combines the functionalities of a project management, document management, and chat app to offer teams a one-stop solution for everyday tasks. It has “pre-built automation recipes” and customizations to help streamline busywork.
Use ClickUp when you want to:
Alfred is an automation app for macOS designed to maximize your productivity with custom actions, hotkeys, keywords, text expansion and more. While the app is free to download, you’ll need to buy the Powerpack for using the text expander, accessing clipboard history, and automating workflows.
Alfred lets you:
Zoho Flow is an automation app created to connect applications to break information silos across departments. Its simple drag and drop UI offers a quick, painless way to create automated routines.
With Zoho Flow, you can:
Tallyfy’s USP as a workflow and process management platform lies in its simplicity and ease of use. It offers you the benefit of automation without bombarding you with complex flowcharts and routines.
Use Tallyfy to:
Microsoft’s Power Automate employs AI capabilities to help you automate repetitive tasks. You can let its Process Advisor provide guided recommendations for the most efficient workflows based on recordings and visualizations of your end-to-end processes.
Use Power Automate to:
It also offers pay-as-you-go plans where you can pay per flow run.
Pipefy is a low-code workflow and business process automation (BPA) platform. You can use it to automate your revenue ops, people ops, finance & procurement, as well as IT & governance processes.
With Pipefy you also get:
The idea of selecting the right automation tool for your business can be overwhelming, even if you already have a shortlist in mind.
Here is a quick checklist to help you zero in on the right tool.
If you’ve completed all the steps, congratulations! You may have found the best task automation software for your business, after all.
To be honest, we are hoping OSlash makes the cut. Have you tried it out yet?
Get started for free today and watch your busywork evaporate. In a jiffy!
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