[QW19] (Save early) + (Save often) = No regrets

by | May 2, 2022

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Okay. I admit it.

I don’t mess up files very often, because I usually follow my process.
Only … this time, I didn’t.

Translated: “It was [almost literally] crying jag time.”

[QW19] (Save early) + (Save often) = No regrets

Back in November, I worked for about three hours on an intricate file with tables-n-text-n-calculations. I kept using the keyboard shortcut to save it, breaking two essential rules I preach in my book about reaching non-overwhelm. I did not:
  • Give each ‘save’ a different name (key the date and time in the filename).
  • Print new sections after writing them (just need to rekey, not rethink).

You see where I’m going with this

Yup. I blew up the document. 
If I’d followed the process I drum into all of you, I would have lost only 15 minutes of work. I would have grabbed the most recent ‘save’ and been on my way.


It was one of those moments your temperature shoots up to about 200 degrees, and you get tears in your eyes. And if you’re me, you realize, “I have to fess up and warn my tribe.” So here you go. My warning is:

Save early, save often.

Give each saved file a slightly different file name.
(When you’re finished, delete the extras.)

Print new sections as you go. Rekey instead of rethink.

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