I’m a big fan of contingency plans. Most of the work that I do with my clients is to help them set up contingency plans as well. When someone signs a durable power of attorney allowing a family member to sign checks on their behalf that’s a contingency plan. If my client is hospitalized and unable to pay their bills for time the family member can take over and perform that role. If the parent of a young child is in a car accident and someone else needs to pick the child up from school, the emergency guardianship proxy that the parents signed will allow that contingency plan to kick in.
I have had to use a lot of my contingency plans lately. After moving my office I was upgrading the software on my computer when the hard drive died. Since I have hourly backups being made of the entire hard drive this was just a mild inconvenience instead of a practice-stopping crisis. I was able to carry on working on a different machine until my computer technician came in a few days later to replace the hard drive.
A few weeks ago I herniated a disc my neck. When the herniated disc presses on the nerve it feels like somebody poured gasoline down your arm and lit you on fire. Add to that a right hand that decides fine motor skills are optional, and that attempts to write or type with it will exacerbate the condition. While my doctor assures me that herniated discs will usually heal themselves, it does take some getting used to. Since majority of what I produce is through typing this caused a momentary pause well I figured out a contingency plan. I soon discovered that the upgraded software on my computer had a voice to text function, and that I could use this with some ease to produce the work that needs to be done. That is how I wrote this post and it has not taken any longer then the posts I used to type.
The hope is always that contingency plans will not be needed, but it is nice to know that they can relieve some of the burden during trying times.