Earlier last week, my laptop started to do the kind of weird and unpredictable things you hope and pray that your computer will never do. The screen would suddenly go all wacky, and after multiple reboots I knew it was time to call The MacSmith, my ever thankful for, actually certified with Apple, Mac Repair Guy who is literally minutes from my house. He’s amazing and last year when that AWFUL coffee spill happened on my Macbook Keyboard- he was miraculously able to bring it back to life. #HeroStatus. When I dropped off my laptop last week and explained the issues I was having, he gave me this look that didn’t seem to carry the hope of a 6 month to live diagnosis but said that he would try. GULP.
I mean, you never want your computer to die. You always want one more year out of it. And you ESPECIALLY don’t want your computer to die right after you get home from a big conference and have all these action items and business ideas swimming around in your brain, with the motivation to actually do them! Like, Ugh, really? Of all times?
As I am writing this blog post on a friend’s borrowed computer, I have still yet to hear if I will owe a small repair fee, or if I will be headed to the Apple store to spend thousands on a replacement. Um, tension anyone? However, this has been a GREAT reminder of what kind of preparations you should have in place just in case YOUR computer were to have a panic attack. (Mine was totally unexpected, with no warning signs!)
The very first thing he asked me before I dropped it off was, “Do you have a backup of your data?”
In years past, my answer would have been something along the lines of OH DEAR GOD I DON’T KNOW MAYBE FOR THE LOVE OF CHICKENS PLEASE DON’T SAY THE WORDS THAT WILL MAKE ME CRY RIVERS OF I HAVE LOST EVERYTHING PLEASE JESUS NO WHY ME THIS IS THE WORST DAY OF MY LIFE.
Thankfully… I am a girl who learns her lessons the first time, and this time I was able to confidently say that I did, and that I had data back up in multiple places. I am not in any way a tech expert, but I wanted to simply share what I have in place in preparation for these kind of worst case scenarios.
As disappointed and frustrated as I felt to be without a computer when I had SO much that needed to get done this week, I did try and look at the bright side of being without one. I just got home from the Annapolis Creative at Heart Conference (more on that to come!) and yes I had a lot of ideas to jump in head first with- but being without a computer to start actually gave me the time to carefully brainstorm a bit more. Something I have mentioned here before is the importance of taking time to think like the CEO of your business. I think especially when we feel excitement for new things or get back from a workshop or conference we want to just start jumping in and making things happen. But being forced to wait, and being stuck with pen and paper for a few days, actually gave me the opportunity to make a detailed plan for my ideas, and slow down and think of ways to make that one idea even better. Was being without a computer for a few work days ideal? No, but it was a great reminder of the importance of brainstorming and letting new ideas take root before jumping in with abandon.
So let’s be honest, if your computer were to crash today, as a small business owner would you be prepared? Do you have extra backups and an emergency crash plan in place? If not, I encourage you to set aside some time even today to get those precautions in place! You just never know!