Just like that, my computer crashed. Died. Done. Dead. How could it be that one minute I am rolling along full speed ahead and then, out of nowhere, absolutely nothing...zero, zip, nada. My tech friend at work verified same..."Yup, I'd say she shot craps." Mortified, I just sat there in dazed disbelief staring at the blank screen of darkness and nothingness.
Mad at myself for being so stupid! Mad at myself for not doing a better job of verifying the existence of a backup system. Trusting that an 'internal system' was protecting my data. Yeah, right!
Reminded me of losing my job years ago and how discombobulated I felt. Whether your computer crashes or you lose your job, here are some tips you may wish to ponder:
- Always have backup protection and a fall-back plan.
- Make sure the backup protection is fully functioning and readily accessible when the worst case scenario happens.
- Do not freak out; do your best to stay calm when things go awry. (Easier said than done.)
- Get help immediately. Do not delay. Can be a game changer.
- Stay prepared for the worst; expect the best.
- Keep track of documents, receipts, dates, people, places, things.
- Somehow, someway, keep some cash reserves on hand for rainy days.
- Scramble to put an interim strategy into place to carry you through until you can figure out what's next.
- Do not beat up on yourself, unnecessarily.
- What's done is done and you can keep looking back and asking why and what if or you can simply get on with it and move forward with a why not perspective.
- Take a look to see what, if anything, needs an upgrade, be it your computer, or yourself.
- Explore your options; whether you buy a new computer, refurbished, borrow Auntie M's, get a replacement job, go back to school, or find temp work, consider what makes the most sense at this time.
- Get your ducks in a row before you make important decisions; allow yourself some time to think and process and then make decisions you feel are right, not rebound, ones.
- Realize that change is the name of the game and that no matter how well-prepared or unprepared you are, stuff happens!
- Learn a lesson once -- not twice. (Aun aprendo; I am still learning!)