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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 December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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