Should you automate?
Most of the time, the answer is just yes. However, sometimes it's harder to know. Automation can have negative impacts on your mental health. Wait, I'm not here to talk about that. ANYWAY, here's a tool that will objectively~ decide for you if you should automate a task or not.
Where to find it It can be compiled using zig 0.9.0 with the following command:
zig build run
Alternatively, here's a linux executable weighting only 12KB: ./should_automate.bin
It will ask a few questions and report the time gained (positive) or lost (negative) over the next 1, 5, 10 and 25 years. In my opinion, if the number is over +20 hours saved in the first year, that's a definite "yes, you should really automate this task."