So, last week I return from a foray into the kitchen to find my laptop humming and a blue screen of death. I was scared.
I was really scared.
Apparently the motherboard was overheating, and the hard drive died. Completely. As in, nothing can be rescued from it.
Now, I’m not saying I didn’t freak out, because I did. (ask my poor husband)
However, I am saying that my career/world did not end, and here’s why:
Almost all of my work is done electronically via Gmail. Instead of deleting an email, I label it and archive it. I can pull documents that I sent or recieved that are years old from Gmails archives.
I’m a listmaker, I have a Blackberry, and I’m not afraid to use it. If I make a list of something on, say, a Word document, I’ll also add it to my Blackberry’s “MEMO” function. This is because I like my lists with me at all times, in case I have a free moment to work on them, or a stray to-do to add to them.
I’m visual. Right now I am staring at print outs of my work schedule. This took 2 hours and 3 versions to put together last week, right before my laptop died. I also have my business plan posted in plain sight. Right now these are the only copies of these items in existence.
I back up. We generally back up about monthly. But something happened to December’s copy–it seems that it wasn’t saved. So I am working off an external back up that is older than I prefer. But I am surviving. I am living. Keep breathing. Don’t panic.
Please, please let this be a lesson to you: You must make a copy of everything on your computer and store it away from your computer. You simply must. And then, you must get into the habit of updating that copy at least once a month, or after you complete an important project. Or whatnot–as you feel comfortable.
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