Any given day of the week challenges happen. If you are like me you dread them more on Monday or Fridays, right? It seems that the month of September was one of those months. Everything was coming together, just like grandma’s cookie recipe.
After eating my grab and go meal of peach oatmeal, taking my daily vitamin and drinking my first cup of Hawaiian coffee I entered the office. This Grammy is such a creature of habit. I boot up the computer, turn on the copier and fax machine. Finally, I open the blinds and start writing out my to do list.
Last week we updated and paid for our annual license for our awesome virus protection software. I felt our system was totally safe and secure. Not being very savvy when it comes to technology or the internet I have learned to not be afraid. My business coach, Sandi Krakowski taught me that I can not break anything that can not be fixed.
Over the past year my knowledge about WordPress, blogging and using both to market my part-time business alongside of my auto transport business has been incredible. Going from being totally mortified to being able to build a page, make a link clickable and inserting a picture is very rewarding. Apparently my lessons are not complete. There is yet another that had been looming on the horizon waiting for just the right moment to attack.
Day's progress stunted by all out attack
The day looked promising. With more on my to-do-list than I knew I could reasonably finish I prioritized them. Then I moved some tasks to the next page for Tuesday. Glancing over the phone messages I did the same and began returning calls to customers.
First on the list our auto transport customers needed free quotes. Many were shopping for future transports and a few were ready to make same day decisions. We were able to book and schedule those few right away. That is always music to our ears, it means money in the bank.
Our next phone calls and tasks were to our referrals for our part-time business. Many wanted to learn more about the product. That was simple – we emailed them the link to a brief video and then called them for a decision. One new friend was excited to start their own part-time business and partner up with us. It is always thrilling to find out what others want for their future and family. Helping them achieve their goals makes me as happy as the clams we saw on the beach on our vacation at the coast.
Finally it was time to check our emails and process the orders and requests there. If memory serves me it was about nine o’clock in the morning (remember my day starts about seven am). I was just cruising through my tasks for the day.
Then the enemy attacked! My computer screen started rolling; it was like something was lying on the keyboard pressing all of the keys at once. Pressing the “esc” button I thought it would stop any program or activity that was running. Such was not the case; as a matter of fact the screen went blank.
Next the computer rebooted itself. Now I knew something was not right. But what was up? I had the best anti-virus software. It has caught multiple bad viruses in the past; it could not be a virus.
After shutting down the computer for awhile and winging it with customers on the phones I decided to call for back up. Two of my trusted computer techs were not available…so on to the next one. I really needed help. Thank goodness Kevin was available. He promised he could get to it within 48 hours.
Grandmas, business owners and entrepreneurs always have a back up plan
So much for a perfect on task Monday morning! My husband agreed to pack the desktop computer tower up and transport it into Kevin’s office. Meanwhile I transferred my laptop from the kitchen counter into my office. After readjusting the printer, speakers and keyboard connections I returned to work. It seemed that these simple changes would get me back on track in the office and back into business mode.
When one of my dispatch clients called in for his load sheet I then realized the worst possible thing had happened. I had no back up of my current working files. I knew better but somehow it was one of those things I just never got around to. I thought it was a trivial time-consuming task that would fill up our day. Boy was I dead wrong. Thankfully there was a way I could pull the information together from my load board and the files in the back office.
However, now there is a plan in place. Besides just having a laptop as a back up computer, we now have external hard drives to back up our data. We do this each and every day before shutting down the system. Below I will share with you the check list we have to make sure we are never caught without back up again.
Back up all documents to external hard drive nightly
Complete scan of system weekly
Never open email with unknown sender or links
Do not visit websites unknown or suspicious
Regularly check spam filter settings on browser
Take supplements to reduce stress in office
I hope you are able to use this list or some form of it so you never get caught on a Monday morning with the computer virus blues.
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Helping Turn Back the Clock,
Carla J Gardiner
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Carla Gardineris an auto transport broker, dispatcher, health coach and a fiery baby-boomer grandma. Her passion and purpose lies with the people she works with daily; the client, dispatcher, broker and truck driver. Her frustration within the industry has birthed a new division of her company; one to properly train, encourage and mentor others in regaining their health while building a part time business, too.
Carla Gardiner is a wife, mom, and grammy of 8. She has lost 65 pounds, kept it off for over a year, reversed health issues and is on a mission to positively impact people's lives with truths untold about living life better, to gain the confidence to look good, feel good and do good. Carla has written as The Fiery Grandma since 2010 and continues living her life as an example for others to follow and benefit from.
"Very well put. I've been with a health and nutrition company for over 26 years and I understand exactly what you are going through. I shiver to think what my health might be today at age 68 had I not stuck to my guns as far as practicing what I preach. Yes, I fall off the wagon regularly but my daily routine life reflects taking care of my health. That way I can keep up (somewhat) with my 7 grandchildren. You keep it up, Carla".
"For most people the thought of venturing out there in pursuit of your dreams, in a place outside of your comfort zones is just what stops them. But I could sense your excitement not resentment in going against the competition. In planting your stake and truly making a difference in the clients experience. That's ultimately what matters, the rest just falls so easily into place. Thanks for that reminder"!
ENO Nsima-Obot MD
Carla, I’ve got to say that I LOVE your focus on the joys and challenges facing women over 50. I’m definitely in that camp! I’ve been inspired by your candor, practical ideas, and refreshing determination to joyfully tackle life. The hours we’ve spent on the phone, in person, and through social media have enriched my life immeasurably. YOU are one Fiery Grandma, and I love your style!
I have known Carla Gardiner for 6+ years. We met at a business training for bring business online. She is a business women at heart and willing to do the hard things to make the results show up. I have watched her run a business, work a job and take care of her family. She is a go getter when it comes to putting in the work to build her business to the level of being able to enjoy her grand kids.
She is the example that age is not a limit it is a tool for sharing knowledge to those she empowers to use their own skills and talents. Excuses are fuel to push her to learn and apply. I have seen her scared to death about implementing new technology and rock it out despite the learning curve.
I love watching you grow into your greatness Carla! Don’t slow down.
"Carla, you are a model for me to follow. I love your site. And, I like what you have to say - very kind, very gracious. I have to say though that nothing in my life has ever been crystal clear".
"I've known Carla for 5+ years and can tell you that she has lived every bit of this and more. We shared tears and laughs and hard work....you will enjoy getting to know Carla."