Tom Limoncelli wrote Manual Work is a Bug: A.B.A always be automating which is well worth reading. Limoncellie writes about 4 phases:

  1. document the steps
  2. create automation equivalents
  3. create automation
  4. create self-service and autonomous systems

These are good ideas which he explains well in the article. I seem to struggle with the documentation part. :/ I need to find ways to get past this. sigh