As can be easily learned as you look through my blog, I am a productivity-minded geek. I have been â€˜doingâ€™ geek for nearly my entire life and have become increasingly interested in productivity over the last 5-or-so years. That combination worked out perfectly this past weekend.
As a IT professional, I know thatÂ backups are important. If you donâ€™t have any (or recent) backups of your data, can you really say that itâ€™s important to you? As a seriousÂ GTDâ€˜er, I donâ€™t trust my memory and create repeating tasks in OmniFocus to help remember what I need to do when I need to do it.
Those two things came together to my advantage on Saturday. Friday night, OmniFocus reminded me that itâ€™s been six weeks since I had backed up my PlayStation 3. No problem, hook up a spare USB drive, kick off a backup, and go to bed. Saturday afternoon the system died. The dreaded flashing red LED which indicates thereâ€™s a hardware component problem. Bummer.Â No worries, though. AtÂ work, one of the perks is being able to get a dead console repaired or exchanged for free. In about a weekâ€™s time, I should have a replacement restored and back up and running.
If youâ€™re going to have something fail, see if you can have a recent backup of it, first.