The other day my laptop crashed and I lost about an hour’s work* I’d invested on a presentation.
But did I really lose anything?
- Writing the presentation was a tool for me to do the thinking I needed.
- Writing the presentation was helping me prepare for delivering my thoughts, my messages to the customer.
- Writing the presentation was a form of repetitive rehearsal.
What I lost was a draft. It took me roughly twenty minutes to recreate what I lost, and it flowed more smoothly. What was necessary in the endeavor was to think, prepare, and rehearse.
*This was a shock, as I have through the years developed a nervous “ctrl-s to save” habit with my left hand. How I went that long is