“Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.” – Thomas Alva Edison

I traveled out of town recently for a four-day visit with extended family. Knowing that we would be spending our time enjoying each other’s company, I packed light and brought very little work with me. Yet, during my first day of travel, I received an intriguing email. It was a professional opportunity with a time-sensitive element. I decided I wanted to respond, but realized I would need immediate access to two pieces I had written several months ago on my office computer.

Bingo! Despite being seven hundred miles away from my office, I realized I had instant access to the files. At the advice of my tech consultant last year, I began saving all of my documents online rather than on the specific computer I was using to create them. My greatest motivation, at the time, had been the ability to access a document from different computers while I was still working on it.

Training myself to follow that one tip, though, ensured that I had everything I needed when an unexpected opportunity arose. Once I landed at our destination, I pulled up the documents I needed, drafted a response, and sent everything on its way. With that handled, I was able to return my full attention to spending time with my loved ones.

Make sure you are prepared when opportunity knocks! To learn more about storing your documents online, read this helpful article.