Simplified 365: The Office - Day 18: Cloud Storage

Simplified 365: The Office - Day 18: Cloud Storage

Today I’d like you to think about what would happen if your laptop or computer was stolen or damaged beyond repair.

Would you have a copy of the documents you need? 

Would it be a pain in the ass to recreate them? 

Do you even have time for that?

If you’re suddenly thinking “crap, I don’t know what would happen, but it would be a huge pain”, then let’s get started. 

There are numerous cloud options available and I personally rely on Google Drive and iCloud.  

Apple finally got their act together when it comes to cloud storage.  I just purchased a new MacBook Air and was hugely surprised when iCloud flawlessly downloaded everything that had been beamed from my old computer to the cloud, back down onto my new computer.  It was magic. 

If you’re not a Mac person, I’ve also been loving on Google Drive for a longtime.  They have their own suite of productivity apps - think Google’s (free!!!!) version of Word and Excel, so I have taken to just writing up things directly on Google Drive, rather than on my desktop.  Then everything is available from whatever device I log into Drive from.  Seamless.  It is also possible to set Drive as your default “save to” folder in everything from your printer settings to the Scannable app.  This makes it easier than ever to save documents to one place.

Whatever platform you decide to use, I want you to make that choice today and begin setting it up.  If you’re unsure of how to do so on your particular device with your particular platform, try Googling “setting up XYZ cloud, on my XYZ device”.  

Migrating to the cloud will be an ongoing project for most of you.  I’d recommend uploading a documents for 5 minutes a day to spread it out and make the task less daunting.  That’s it for today!

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