7 Comments

  1. Michelle Shaeffer

    Oh so many of those days over the years. 🙂

    And I like your approach, I do the same. Make the best of it with Plan B, Plan C, Plan D…

  2. Danni

    With being in the military, I’ve learned to always have a back up plan to my back up plan. And if all else fails light a candle a pray!

  3. Emily at theexpatmama.com

    I usually make a cup of tea, unplug EVERYTHING, and then re-plug once I’ve drank the tea and calmed down from seeing red with the wifi/laptop/modern life. It is frustrating though, especially if losing technology connection means losing precious work, so I completely hear you! Not that I have a solution other than jotting notes on paper alongside whatever work I’m doing just in case the worse should happen…

  4. Eydie

    As a former VA, Social Media Consultant, and Website Designer – technology was part of my life. It still is – but I don’t panic as much as I used to. As you mentioned, there are options. I’d drive up to my neighborhood coffee shop and settle in with a delicious cup of coffee and work. I also decided to get my own personal hot spot so that I’d have Internet connections when I needed it. It especially helped when I did work at the coffee shop and needed to have secure wifi.

    These days, although I still work on websites, I don’t panic. To me I see it as a sign that it’s time to shut down and do something else. I’ll read or go to the gym. If the weather is warm enough, I’ll head to the pool. There are always alternatives.

    Eydie 🙂

  5. Andrew James

    Ah, yes. The inevitability of technological failure.

    Like it or not, such failure IS an inevitability. Preparing in advance for such events is in this day and age just as essential as preparing for flooding, blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires- The list goes on.

    For my part, I always try to have alternative options; from getting to a friend’s home, to Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme, or Starbucks, there is usually a way of working things out if the problem is localized. If it’s more serious; such as a widespread power outage; then I know exactly where my notebooks and pens are, and there is usually enough light even during a storm to write by. For those times when something must ABSOLUTELY be typed up in a word processor, getting a battery backup is great.

    Finally, for those times when the dreaded “blue screen of death” appears, it’s always a good idea to have a PC Tech on standby. I’ve got a guy who’s generally able to solve any issue I run into within the space of a few hours. Developing a rapport and an understanding with such an individual goes a long way!

    Great article!

  6. Sue Bride

    B – I always have plenty of other things to do that don’t involve technology – many of them get neglected. I can have a good catch up if I have tech problems. I now leave computer problems to my hubby who used to build and fix them for a living. He’s usually at the desk adjoined to mine. Website problems are my domain though.

    C – I can connect my laptop to my phone wifi.
    D – Go round to a friend who lives locally.

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