2.7 Don't Loose Your Mind
Productivity hack no.23 from '60 Ways to Hurray! by Ralph Varcoe.
How long does the average piece of work take when you set your mind to it? Hard to quantify I know, as different tasks take different amounts of effort over different time periods. But let’s say that it takes 2 hours to write a short article. That’s the actual writing of the first draft. A load of research will have gone into it before that, but the actual writing of rough draft number one is 2 hours.
Then there’s the editing for the second draft. Another hour perhaps. Lastly you add some images to it and it’s good to go. Four hours in total. Not bad. Only you forgot to save it and the program crashed! Gone. Four hours of work down the drain.
This may sound like a statement of the bleeding obvious but you MUST remember to save your work. I’ve been in the working world for more years than I care to remember and only fairly recently have I lost something I’d worked on.
My website runs on WordPress and I set about updating the social settings, SEO title, keywords and a whole bunch of other things in the control panel and forgot to press ‘Update’. I navigated away from the page by going into the visual editor and then headed back to the back-end to double check the settings I’d changed earlier. All gone!
Whatever you’re doing, in whatever tool you’re doing it in, keep saving your work. You never know when the gremlins will strike and your hard work evaporates. Sure, you can do it again but it’s a real waste of time and it won’t be as good second time round (it just never is, at least for me).
Don’t lose your work and you won’t need to lose your mind over it.
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