On Laptop Usage

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Wednesday, December 7. 2005 in Personal

I envy people who are very productive using laptops. I'm not. Don't get me wrong, I love my laptops (a G4 iBook and a Sony Vaio), but try as I might, I find myself using them mostly for things like catching up on my Email, or some very rough coding, or misc. surfing. If I have some "real work" to do, and I am "stuck" with my laptop, I find it takes much more effort to get the same amount of work done, than if I was using my "main" machines. Maybe I'm just old-school, but I seem to need a keyboard that is a nice full size, and that I can move around without affecting the orientation of my display. Laptops make me feel "cramped" and that's never a good thing for productivity. Of course, there's a good, flip side to all this: it enables me to distance myself from work at times, like when I'm in the house sitting on the sofa. By it not being so easy to "get into" work, it's easier for me to find time to do other things, like take a walk, or do some woodworking, spend time with the family, etc... If I was more comfortable using a laptop, I think I would never stop "working." So as much as I love the freedom that laptops provide, I'm kind of glad that, at least for me, they aren't as easy to be majorly productive with.

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