Survival Without Computers

Survival Without Computers



Survival Without Computers
I was slowed down when my computer crashed and I​ had no data,​ no address book and not even my passwords to​ get back online .​
I​ didn’t think I​ was doing anything remarkable by bouncing back to​ productivity even with this handicap for a​ week .​
But from the​ feedback I’ve had from more than a​ few people,​ it​ seems paralysis would have been the​ acceptable common option .​
Yes,​ I​ got slowed down,​ but nothing critical was lost and no appointments missed .​
Why? Internal reserves,​ resources and drive .​
How do you survive in​ business today without your computer (or maybe it’s when your cell phone drops in​ the​ lake or​ your Ipod gets lost)?
There were three parts to​ my personal survival .​
They are:
A .​
Resourcefulness -- When things don’t go your way,​ you can have a​ pity party and choose to​ be paralyzed .​
Or you can decide to​ dig in​ to​ your reserves and available resources to​ propel you forward in​ spite of​ obstacles .​
I​ start with a​ simple question: What’s the​ most important thing that needs to​ be done now and how do I​ do it​ (options)?
It’s a​ matter of​ choosing to​ get the​ work done and keeping your priorities in​ order,​ or​ using this problem (any problem) as​ an​ excuse to​ procrastinate,​ or​ wallow in​ self-pity,​ or​ give up .​
B .​
Intestinal Fortitude -- This was my father’s term for the​ drive,​ determination,​ guts,​ stamina and the​ like to​ find a​ way or​ make a​ way when you hit a​ roadblock .​
Intestinal fortitude keeps you going because the​ vision is​ clear,​ your passion is​ unquenchable and you are a​ winner – and winners never quit .​
Of course when a​ glitch happens,​ what matters is​ how you handle it,​ not deny it .​
Handling a​ problem head on,​ gives you an​ action plan .​
Action puts you in​ control .​
When you are in​ control,​ the​ fear and panic can’t control you .​
If a​ glitch with your computer is​ enough to​ put your whole business at​ risk,​ maybe you need a​ dose of​ intestinal fortitude to​ make some hard decisions to​ reduce that risk in​ the​ future,​ e.g .​
strategic investments in​ your infrastructure,​ etc .​
Look at​ the​ cost of​ the​ investment compared to​ the​ direct cost or​ opportunity costs of​ a​ week offline (think salaries,​ sales,​ customer loyalty,​ customer satisfaction,​ product delays,​ and shipping delays) .​
C .​
Planning -- In this case,​ I​ was indeed lucky .​
The three days after the​ disk crash had already been blocked out to​ work on​ my three-year vision and budget to​ get there and the​ detailed plans for 2006 .​
My schedule was already cleared of​ appointments,​ deadlines or​ correspondence .​
As business owners,​ we​ all need some reflection time to​ lift our sights and take a​ longer view of​ where we​ are going,​ otherwise,​ it's possible to​ short-change yourself and the​ business .​
The silver lining of​ my system crash was that without my own computer,​ I​ couldn’t be tempted to​ procrastinate or​ avoid the​ soul-searching and reflection this process requires .​
I​ was able to​ really concentrate on​ what I​ want to​ do professionally and personally for the​ next 12-36 months .​
Putting a​ timeline to​ the​ vision and goals accelerates the​ business momentum and recharges my batteries for the​ next 90 days to​ set it​ all in​ motion .​
Try it.




You Might Also Like:




No comments:

Powered by Blogger.