Reboot. Refresh. Start Over.

Lisa Rice wrote this.

“Ugh.”
“Yikes!”
“What?!”
“You’ve got to be kidding me.”

No, these aren’t part of a script I’ve recently voiced. They’re words of frustration when I couldn’t get my computer to cooperate. Of course, these situations always seem to arise when a deadline looms. So what should we do when facing such problems? Most computer technicians advise us to re-boot and start over. Why?

  • For a variety of reasons programs generate fatal errors. When this happens, they may close out on their own or hang. Rebooting frees up resources that might have been lost allowing programs to function normally.
  • Computers have a finite amount of resources. When they run out, they slow down until finally halting altogether. Rebooting refreshes those resources allowing them to work once more at optimal speed.
  • Rebooting tells a computer to perform a series of diagnostic checks which often fixes problems automatically.

When facing frustrations in life we’re often given the same advice. There’s something about taking a break and coming back to a problem with fresh eyes that diminishes its severity. The situation might not disappear but walking away for a short time can help us attack it with more energy and a fresh outlook.

Need five reasons to take a break today? Click HERE

Facing a problem today?

  • Reboot.
  • Refresh.
  • Start over.


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