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3 Must-Do-Things To Maintain Your Healthy Computer

3 Must-Do-Things To Maintain Your Healthy Computer

Recently, I had a Carrie Bradshaw moment when my beloved Mac went critical and just like Carrie, I had no idea why. However, unlike her, I was with my cat instead of my boyfriend upon this critical period. As a writer, my laptop has been my life line towards my career. Therefore, being without it for a day felt as if it was a whole eternity.

Pacing down the hallway, I prayed to God to help my computer. As a pragmatic person, I realize that one way to solve this issue is to take it to the nearby IT shop and get it checked. Fortunately, my warranty is still intact and the box’s tucked in safe above the attic.

Calling my friend to accompany me, I was bound to miserable news. My laptop has reached its end and the cause of it, in fact, was simple and often times avoidable. Soon later, I thought that my experience should be a lesson to others. Therefore, I’m here to give you 3 main pointers on maintaining a healthy laptop.

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1. Update Your Antivirus

Antivirus is just as important in your laptop as it is in your body. An antivirus’ functions as a defense mechanism against malware and unmonitored sites, which prevents your computer from being contaminated.  However, for those who don’t realize its importance, we often times ignore the fact of updating or upgrading our antivirus, which then leads to a surprise crash of your laptop.

Personally, I prefer to use Bit-Defenders to protect my computer. But, there are also many other soft wares such as Kaspersky or Windows Defender that provides the same adequate functions as Bit Defender; it depends on your preference and you could choose the best option. As how our bodies rely on white blood cells to provide antibodies and defend us from contamination; antivirus take upon the same role in protecting your computers against contamination.

Therefore, never forget to constantly keep them updated.

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2. Have A Back Up

When my computer crashed, the biggest worry I had was losing all my datas and my works so far. Furthermore as an author, who’s in the midst of finishing a book, losing my years worth of work seemed as if my nightmares were coming true. I panicked and when I was in the store, my consultant asked me,“Miss, didn’t you have a back up?” Then I remembered my investment on Dropbox with my premium coupon. I was delighted.

There are many ways one could back up their data, some prefer to use the old school manner of having hard drives or even burning it on CDs. However, the evolution of the tech world has created avenue such as Google Drive and Dropbox for you to be able to store unlimited amount of details with a small investment.

For those whom assume these investments are costly, just wait for the right moment and most precisely Black Friday where sales makes the best of both worlds.

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3. Dedicate Time To A Monthly Clean Up

Many of us have this particular habit of stacking our laptop with unnecessary details. It could be a picture or an assignment which was done years ago. We start hoarding unnecessary documents and items which then cause our laptops to be insufficient in space and polluted. I guess we can all relate to a polluted desktop and the chaos of finding items segregated in thousands of folders.

Take time every month to clean up your laptop and clear all the items which you find irrelevant. This process doesn’t only help you to have an organized laptop, but it also increases the laptop’s efficiency and speed. This prevents it from having constant lags or the inability to run a heavy program. However, the size of a program or software should be adjusted to the capacity of the laptop.

In the end, there are many ways that one can do to prevent their laptops from malfunctioning. These three methods I believe are the cores of our laptop’s longevity. Therefore, take care of your fellow companion as how you care for your body, because if you are a writer as well, then living a day without your laptop may be like an eternal loop of time.

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Featured photo credit: Computer via f-secure.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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