Auto Complacency

- Posted: October 22 2020

Sitting with my head in my hands, my stomach had sunk and the blood had drained from my face.

My heart throbbed and I felt sick. Hours. Hours of work.

Hours of work…just…gone.

I wallowed for a while, but I was on company’s time and I couldn’t keep on wasting it, I’d already wasted it by not saving my work.

I mean, the computer blue screening wasn’t my fault, but my complacent mindset was.

Pulling myself together, I hastily grabbed a red marker and a piece of paper:

That note stayed above my desk for many months to come until it became second nature for me to consistently save my files and muscle memory ensured that the habit stayed.

We human grow very complacent, especially so in the developed world. A world where convenience is valued, but renders us reliant on certain things.

So, while at a lesson today, it was pointed out that we could use the “Autosave” function in VS Code, alarm bells started ringing in my head. It’s all well and good if you are only ever going to use VS Code as your IDE, but if you suddenly find yourself in a job where they dictate what IDE you are going to use, and in the off chance it doesn’t have an autosave function, you are going to find yourself with a mindset that doesn’t consider manual saving an imperative. Sooner or later, you will have to learn the hard way, like I did.

Save manually, and save often, and it will save you heart-ache in the long run.