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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 July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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