Just a quick reminder to make sure you regularly back your essential files up. This goes double for those of you who are highly organized.
You can also file this under: “Learning From My Mistakes.”
I recently lost (beyond recovery) a whole bunch of important personal project files. See, since I’ve been into GTD I’ve been really organized, which is great — except when you accidently delete your “current-projects” folder which contains all those neatly organized files. I had thought it was backed up, but I was wrong. Well, not 100% wrong, but it hadn’t been backed up for quite awhile and I lost some important files and hours of work.
Ah, anyway, can’t cry over spilt milk. I did my best to try and recover it, but as I had been using my hard drive I could only find bits and pieces and nothing I really wanted to find.
(For those of you who are curious, you can actually recover deleted files on OS X. Many resources say you can’t but I was able to get some stuff back. The key is to stop using your hard drive right away. For me, I don’t know for sure how I deleted this stuff and a few days had gone by with me working away, totally oblivious.)
This is going to set me back weeks on a few projects. So I’m looking into auto-backup solutions (I’ve been recommended Synk) and you know I’ll be more disciplined in my manual backups from now on. I’ve never had a data loss this big or important. If you’ve got a system or solution you think is great, please leave a comment so I (and anyone else who might want to know) can check it out.
Losing hours of work is certainly not productive; make sure you have a plan to back up your data, ideas, project plans, etc. or all your work getting organized and being more productive will be for naught! My advice, which I plan on taking myself, is to not try and rely on memory. Get a software solution of some sort set up to do the heavy lifting for you. This will ensure your files are safe and free your mind from potential stress.
Trust me, you’ll be glad you did! And if it seems like a pain getting it up, just remember what happened to me and be glad you learned from someone else’s mistake! :0)