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Lights Out … What’s Your Strategy?

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Lights Out … What’s Your Strategy?

Imagine you’re working away on your computer, getting lots done, when suddenly, with no warning, your computer shuts downs because you’ve lost power.

This occurred to me not long ago, and a call to Energex confirmed this was not a little problem, meaning the power could be out for hours. While you wonder what you would do, here’s what I did.

No sweat, I think, I’ll continue working on the iPad to send some emails. Nope, I can’t do that as the addresses I want are on the hard drive. Okay, I’ll keep working on the presentation I was developing. Nope, can’t do that either as I hadn’t moved it to Dropbox before the power cut out. I know, I’ll make a coffee and think about my options. #@#@ Nope can’t do that either.

And so, it continued. Everything I thought of I couldn’t do because I had no power and no desktop computer. So, after a few grumbles, because I really needed that coffee, I had a thought. What an opportunity this was to step away from the day to day and use the time to work on my business rather than in it.

With pens and butchers paper in hand, I set about brainstorming my new business programs for next year, and it was such a productive two hours because there were no other distractions, e.g. email, jumping from task to task etc.

Now whenever anything happens unexpectedly, I always reflect on why it happened and could I do anything differently. So, here’s my three lessons from my power outage:

  1. Move more documents to Dropbox, so I have access whenever I need it.
  2. Allocate time every day, even for 15 minutes and exchange the technology for pen and paper to brainstorm ideas to improve my business.
  3. Have an alternative which can securely store my database contacts.

Would your power outage strategy be different to mine? Maybe you would call your team into a boardroom or go to a park to brainstorm new ideas.

So, here’s my challenge for you: How can you ‘lose power’ once a week to gain the benefits of ‘old school’ technology and the magic of unallocated time?

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