I 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.
Now, back to recreating that post.