lost head photoI wrote a blog post earlier this week and unbelievably I never saved it. Where was my head? (I lost it.) I spent a few minutes I’ll never get back trying to retrieve the document that it’s clear I will also never get back. It’s gone and you’d think I would have learned this lesson by now.

I’ll rewrite it but don’t have the motivation to do that right now. So instead I’ve compiled a list of things we shouldn’t forget to do. You may know these things, but sometimes we forget to do the things we know.

  • Save often.
  • Back up your computer.
  • Use something other than sticky notes to write down to dos. Use one system, either paper or electronic.  As long as the paper isn’t sticky notes.
  • Don’t keep too much information. Chances are most information can be found again, and when you do find it again, it’s updated.
  • Make your filing structure simple. It shouldn’t take more than a few seconds to find anything either in your file drawer or on your computer.
  • Don’t spend hours trying to learn every last feature of your electronic device. Use what you need and rest assured that if you need a feature you don’t know you have you’ll hear about it soon enough. It’s the way the world works.
  • If you’re taking materials to an important meeting assume there will be a jam (traffic or copier) and plan accordingly. If neither happens, you’ll arrive with a few minutes to spare to collect your thoughts.
  • Assume that the people you interact with have the best intentions.  You may be proved wrong, but relationships are better when we believe the best first.
  • Drink water. Probably more than you think you should because we usually drink less than we think we do.
  • Nap.

Now, back to recreating that post.