My laptop has died, but it’s ok! It’s the summer holidays, and I have done the responsible thing: I’ve packed my children off to the grandparents! This means my wife Maggie and I have got the house to ourselves for a whole week. So how are we choosing to use this valuable, child-free time? Well last night we went out for a meal…and talked about marketing. But this was after having been to the cinema to see Dunkirk, the new Christopher Nolan film, which was amazing. Proof that we are managing to enjoy some non-work-related activities, you’ll be relieved to hear.
After our meal out/marketing meeting we headed home. But when I went to get my laptop, I discovered that it has died. My laptop is like my right arm, so my first reaction was “oh no!” (in a West Yorkshire accent). But then I thought about it and realised; I don’t really care. This is not a disaster. The laptop has a warranty, because we always make sure we get warranties on all hardware, something we always do for all our customers. I also don’t care because all my data is in One Drive, so I can access it from other PCs and devices.
Some wise precautions
So everything is OK, and the laptop will be fixed. I’m actually going off on holiday for a few days very soon, and because it’s not currently working I won’t be taking my laptop with me. This is a big, big thing! I won’t have my laptop, I’ll be away from the business and I’ll only have my mobile. The key things that have enabled this are:
- Having a hardware manufacturer warranty for your laptop or PC
- Make sure your data is stored and synced to One Drive
- Backup any other data
As I have all of the above in place my business hasn’t been affected. My data is secure and backed up in a place I can work on it, which means all I have to worry about is how much ice cream and fish and chips I can pack in to a long weekend. Happy laptop-free holidays everyone!