How long to do you whine when you accidentally erased your work?

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Yesterday, I lost an entire blog post that was finished and ready to go. The fault was mine completely. No one else is to blame. Blaming someone else is rarely an option since I switched to a Mac ;-)

I usually type in TextEdit, the basic Mac editor. I simply open up a new window and type away. I finished my post, and then added something of lesser importance above it. Later, I closed the window without ever saving the file -completely forgetting that my article was in the same document.

This is the fast & easy way to lose what you created.

So, please save your file before you close the window. Otherwise you‘ll lose your work, and it won’t even show up in your trash bin.

But that’s not why I am writing this. I‘m writing to talk about what happens after you lose your work.

What can you do when you lose a file?

  • You can do some online research on how to recover it. I spent 10 minutes to find out that I was out of luck. My article was gone. Time well spent.
  • You can talk to someone and vent. The someone will probably commiserate with you (out of courtesy). Unfortunately, my usual suspects weren’t around, and. I am also a little too seasoned to find anyone on this planet who would feel sorry for me.
  • You can whine a little by yourself. Not too much fun, but I couldn’t resist and whined for about 60 seconds. No tears – just a few inhales and 2-3 “OM’s”.

We could easily go on for 15-30 minutes, but let‘s look at this another way. What if losing my work was a good thing?

Think about it.

  • When you have to recreate a document, does it take less time to write than the original?
  • Is the recreated document often better than the original?

That‘s what happened to me. I ended up with a better post and it took me only 15 minutes, versus one hour for the original. My thoughts were better organized, and because I didn‘t want to type it again, I removed all of the unnecessary information.

Maybe I should delete all my posts and rewrite them before publishing.

Yet, why create more work for myself?
I’ll save this one.

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  • http://enterinpeace.blogspot.com Carrie Sperlunto

    *LOL* Been there, done all of that. The only other thing I do that you didn't mention is I analyze why it occurred. I go through this thought process, "I wonder why I did that. There must have been a reason. Well, whatever the reason, it's over now, so I'll just carry on."

    You were ever SO right that is takes much less time to recreate the document that it took to create the original.

    Carry on and think "Save!"

  • http://www.hunchline.com Pam Dodd

    I learned this the hard way many times back in the 80's when computers didn't have hard drives and everything had to be saved to a floppy disk. Also a good example of why not to fall in love with your words.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/rashin rashin

    Been there, done that. Like Carrie, I also analyze the "reasons" behind my accidental deletion, whether it was really "accidental" or not, and then I spend more time beating myself up for it. None of it is time well spent.
    You are right. Sometimes it's better to just start over.

  • http://www.hobby-heimwerker.de Achim

    When I write News on my Site and i switsch to another Tab, sometimes i close the whole Window :-( So i must start again.

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