Founder, coach, author, and podcast creator Ari Meisel was often asked if automations could be triggered without something prompting it. He always replied “no“.
Until he found a solution.
“I’ve always had to answer with “no” because all of the standard automation platforms out there – IFTTT and Zapier – are very clearly structured around a trigger and an action. […]
That was until someone asked me a few weeks ago and I couldn’t say no.” – Ari Meisel, Here’s The Solution To The Hardest Automation Problem
That “someone” was one of Meisel’s Less Doing clients. They owned a small restaurant chain and needed restaurant managers to check-in and report back every week regarding the restaurant’s up-keep.
This is the use case Meisel presents, and the one that forms the basis for this guide.
By following this guide, you will learn how to automate a process in the absence of a trigger. This is done by integrating a web-form and Google Sheets together, and building Zapier automations and rules so that certain actions take place depending on the circumstances.
You only need to follow this guide once to set up the entire automation.
Here’s to solving the hardest automation problem around.