Good points. Conditions matter.
It strikes me that there are (at least) two types of automations: independent ones established to influence the conditions of work (e.g., automatically setting the lights on when you enter a room; shutting down your apps so that you clue up for the day) and those that you initialize to speed up/routinize/simplify a task.
Environmental automations require conditions that the automations can use to infer appropriate behaviour. In your work life, this doesn’t seem feasible—the condition is that you are able to respond to whatever gets thrown at you, and the structure of your work must follow those demands. In my studies (I’m completing a PhD), the work follows the structure, so I might be able to make better use of those things.
The second kind, of course, are run on-demand and can be as flexible as needed.