If you in anyway work on a computer/tablet/smart device, please back up your work. RIGHT NOW!! Please, I’m trying to save you from heart ache in case your chosen device fails. I know what I’m talking about as I came perilously close to that happening this week.
Firstly let me make it clear that I do save my work to my computer as well as a USB, the trouble is that I only save to the USB sporadically. This caused me much heart ache when my computer started doing its own thing this week. Thankfully the issue was resolved, but it did take a while and in the mean time I had to contend with the fact that about 3 weeks worth of work was potentially gone. When everything started working again like normal I saved all my work on 2 different USBs, just in case. I also now save to the USBs every time I finish for the day. An extra few minutes is nothing compared to losing my work.
So please, be smarter with your work than I have previously been. You spend a lot of energy on it, don’t let it be lost because of laziness.
Also, don’t leave things to the last minute. I was rather well known for doing this in high school and university and I would dearly love to say that I have learnt the folly of my ways and no longer do so, but sadly this weekend has proven otherwise. You see, I planned to enter a writing competition with a due date of the 15th of January. First draft was completed quickly and then I let it stagnate, procrastinating like I had in the past. I thought I had got past this fault, but it once again has raised its head.
I didn’t even realise I was doing it until I saw it was the 15th and I figured I may have left my run a bit late (I’m still giving it a go, I have until midnight). I have done precisely one edit and am still 200 words over the limit. Still, I do generally work well under pressure, I’ll let you know next week if I made the deadline or not.
But I have plans for this to never happen again. I’ve already solved the problem of not backing up my work. The USB sits next to my computer, ready for use. And to be completely honest, the scare I had was enough to make me save my work multiple times. As to leaving my story to the last minute, that’s a little more complicated. After a bit of thinking the reason I did it this time is because I wasn’t sure of what story my entry was telling. I was unconsciously putting it off because I wasn’t happy with it. Being forced to work on it or miss out on the competition entirely made it clear how I felt about it.
And because I am aware of it I can put steps in place to stop this from happening again, namely a timeline for when things need to be completed. In theory it should work, I’ll let you know how it goes.
Anyway, save your work on a USB or something similar and have a fantastic week creating 🙂