When I feel busy, I think about automation. The definition of the word "busy" is "actively and attentively engaged in work or a pastime". Although, I think more of a desperation to finish the overfilled tasks beyond the capacity of my own. In other words, imbalance in the "demand and supply" of the workflow. What I want is to balance this overly activated state.
So how would I normalize this situation in terms of the balance of demand and supply. Delegate, is the keyword. Someone who is skilled in communicating with others would delegate tasks to someone else. On the other hand, someone with skilled in writing a code could automate or I should say auto-process the routines which are in the form of tasks.
Why delegate in the first place? Because a distribute processing is better than central processing. My processing spec is limited. Therefore, a throughput I can generate is limited. Distribution is about delegation, and it means increasing the throughput by means of distributed processing no matter who the recipients are.
What are the differences between human delegation and programmatic delegation? They are emotion, deep learning, experiences. Program sounds easy, but every interface to communicate for delegation is different as well as the quality of the outputs whatsoever. You may see inconsistencies in human delegation from the experience levels not so much in programs. There is also a question of "in the queue" or process "on demand". Freedom of choosing who to delegate goes beyond imagination.
Let me illustrate some examples of delegation.
Machine (program): Send me a summary of the news on a keyword "apple" in an email on a daily basis.
Human: Go to the supermarket on a xxth street and buy tonight's dinner and bring back home.
Both are delegations. Most of the time, human interface accompanies fuzziness in I/O. The AIs, on the other hand, have sophisticated and began to understand these fuzziness with the effort of better deep learning with better processors. That's what you are seeing on the news.
What can be delegated and automated is my focal point in getting out of the busy state. That is how I try to balance out my through put nowadays. If that's possible, I can do more things that I want to do.