Getting prepped for holiday season
You’ve worked hard all year. You deserve a break, and you’re taking it! Fantastic! You’ve already booked out your schedule and stocked up on wine. Hopefully you’ve left someone capable in charge to run the business or watch the house while you’re away, or maybe you’re just shutting shop for a week or so.
But if you are going away, have you considered how well your technology will cope without you? No, I don’t mean that computers get sentimental or throw parties behind your back… I mean: what about their emails? Will you be checking them while you’re away, or coming back to wade through the masses? It’s a lot easier if you’ve prepped beforehand.
Here’s a quick to-do list for your technology while you’re away:
- Take a backup of your business stuff, and bring it home from the office.
If something happens to your office while you’re gone, you need to have a backup that doesn’t live in the same place as the rest of your stuff. This will help relieve the stress if you have to come back and fix something, and hopefully give you better peace of mind while you’re away.
- Either setup your emails on your laptop/phone, or consider an auto-reply
Autoresponses are great for letting people know you wont be checking your email, and to call if its urgent (or when you’re back). But, don’t set it up on your computer. If you set up an autoresponse in Outlook (like most people use and would do), it will only work while your computer is on. You’ll need to set it up online at your email providers end, so that it can reply while your computer is switched off too.
- Test it!
Your backups and your autoresponse. You don’t want to be fixing things while you’re away, so make sure it all works before you leave.
- Don’t leave your laptops plugged in.
Laptop chargers generate a fair amount of heat, even when your laptop is off. Unplug it if its not in use. Your desktop computers are OK; leave them plugged in, but shut them down. Even computers need a break.
Not sure on how to setup or test these things? Call in a professional before you go away! I’m only a phone call away, or you can use my contact page to get in touch.