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Laptops: A blessing or a curse?

When I got my first laptop, I loved the exhilarating freedom of whipping it out anytime I "needed" it. No matter where I am, I could work on a project, balance a budget, or play a video game. Years later, despite its "convenience", I'm dangerously married to my laptop.

It's with me virtually everywhere. On the bus, at work, at home, in bed. And yes, it even goes with me to the toilet--the perfect time for multi-tasking, right? According to my estimate, I spend twice as much time looking at an LCD screen than high-definition reality.

My laptop, supposedly handy, is now just an easy excuse to work (or procrastinate) at any time, all the time. I need help, and it's time for an intervention.

Do you have an unhealthy marriage with your laptop? Have you switched back to desktops? How have you coped? Please share.

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I too got a big screen...

24inch LCD to go with the laptop.

I'm stuck with a Sony laptop for work reasons, complete with docking station, so I gain ease of plugin and out which defeats the purpose somewhat, but it's a bit unreliable so that encourages me not to take the laptop around the house unless I'm really moving position.

The really big problem is the same one I've had with GTD. My life exists of one context @laptop. That's where the leisure time is and that's where the work time is. I'd like to have a work computer and a home computer, but that would negate some of the economic efficiency of working for myself. But of course, that means work and leisure are always bleeding into each other, especially at the keyboard...

To some degree, I'm realising that to cope I need to find something interesting to do, for fun, that doesn't involve the computer... I've made a start, but it's hard, as stuff like blogs condition your mind and make you bad at reading books or watching TV. And yes, I don't exercise with my laptop, but it's the downtime at the end of the day that's really critical as too much laptop near bedtime definitely messes with my sleeping...




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