You’re on your summer holidays, so it’s as good a time as ever to talk about ancient Greek philosophy and large technology projects.

What has ancient Greek philosophy got to do with your summer holiday or the large technology projects that are ongoing (or not) while you are away? Here’s the TL:DR summary – there’s a lot we can learn from some of the best ancient Greek philosophers about how we should operate today, including getting large technology projects to successful completion.

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A State of Idleness

For many of us, taking out our phone to do what you are probably doing now – scrolling through LinkedIn and reading articles that catch your eye – is a guilty holiday pleasure.

Everyone tells us we need downtime and about the importance of switching off but, hey, summer holidays are about indulging our guilty pleasures – dessert before dinner, enjoying the water slides more than the kids, your first cocktail while the clock still says AM, spending way longer than you should on the unicorn inflatable in the pool, and taking time (time you usually don’t have) to read and think.

And here’s where we bring in our first bit of ancient Greek philosophy, as Socrates has your back.

“He is not only idle who does nothing, but he is idle who might be better employed.”Socrates

In other words, being idle while on holiday can still be productive, particularly when it involves contemplative thinking.

That brings us to the large technology projects that are going on back at base.


Getting Your Projects on Track

Now is the perfect time to consider, in the spirit of contemplative thinking, the inefficient business-as-usual processes that exist in your business, as well as any ongoing technology projects where progress has slowed or halted. How can you get those projects back on track? How can you transform inefficient business-as-usual processes to the benefit of your organisation?

We can turn to another ancient Greek philosopher for the answer – Aristotle.


The Automation Pioneer

According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the term automation was developed by an engineer in the Ford Motor Company in 1946. However, Aristotle was thinking about it more than two centuries before that when he wished for a time where “every instrument could accomplish its own work” so “the shuttle would weave and the plectrum touch the lyre without a hand to guide them”.

In the modern world, society has many of the automation capabilities that Aristotle coveted. Not only that, but automation tools are the solution for getting your large-scale technology projects back on track, and to improve currently inefficient business processes.


The Modern Automation Specialists

At Access IT Automation, we have best-in-class automation products and extensive in-house expertise to help with any technology project, large or small, new or ongoing.

For more summertime reading on achieving success in your technology projects, practice idleness like Socrates and visit our blog.

And while we don’t have a solution that makes a plectrum play a lyre without a hand to guide it as Aristotle wanted, we can enhance automation in your business.


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Send us a message today about your requirements and we’ll get in touch when you get back from holiday.

Now, time to order another piña colada.

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