As week 9 comes to a close end of the quarter assignments begin to creep up on us. Case in point: Dr. Ryu’s budgeting paper.
After several days of stressful writing, I finally finished a draft I felt good about. And then it disappeared (or so I thought). I worked on my paper back and forth on my personal computer and work putting some extra hours in in the lab for the past week. On Tuesday, I emailed what I thought was a 10-page draft to myself with triumph – so excited that I FINALLY finished the hard part.
Wednesday morning I went to open the file and it was only five pages long. Enter panic. I frantically called the OU IT department and likely sensing my desperation, the student offered to come up to the lab I work in at the Ridges and try to help me.
After about 10 minutes of MacGyver-ing, he somehow found my paper, but it definitely made me realize I need to be way more careful when saving my work.
Here are some tips:
- Save frequently, and to a memory stick of some kind. I had downloaded my document from my email, and turns out that means it wasn’t really saved on my computer. Definitely don’t think that your work is auto-saving either, because it probably isn’t!
- Put your text in a Google doc as a backup! Uploading even just the text of your work to a Google document ensures that you won’t lose it – even if the purse that holds your thumb drive gets stolen, and you can access it from any computer.
- After you save, make sure you reopen the document to make sure all your work is intact.
I’m using my major panic and almost-heart attack as a learning opportunity, so please learn from my mistakes!