Progressive improvement beats delayed perfection.
Automation is when computers do work for us. The desire for automation historically has been motivated by three main goals: more precision, more stability, and more speed. Other factors, such as increased safety, increased capacity, and lower costs are desired side effects of these three basic goals. As a system administrator, automating the work that needs to be done should account for the majority of your job. We should not make changes to the system; rather, we should instruct the automation to make those changes.
Manual work has a linear payoff. That is, it is performed once and has benefits once. By comparison, time spent automating has a benefit every time ...