Reducing Distractions with a Work Computer

Written by Marc on July 23rd, 2009

working-on-laptop I know that one of my biggest challenges with my online business is staying focused.  The problem for me is there are many different distractions like Facebook, checking email, or keeping up on the latest news on Twitter.  Though these tasks are interesting, they also reduce my ability to get some useful work done in a day.

So, I have decided to purchase an Asus EEE PC which is a netbook computer.  If you aren’t familiar with what a netbook is, you can think of it as a really small laptop (10” screen in this case) that has exceptional battery life (up to 9.5 hours on the one I bought).  Now, being that it is a smaller computer, for some people, typing on the keyboard could be an issue.  So far, I am doing alright on it, though my typing speed is far from what it would be on a regular computer, but it looks alike it will just take a bit of time before I can type on here just as fast as a regular keyboard.

Anyway, the sole purpose of this netbook is to help me to get work done without distractions.  This means that I won’t be installing games, an email client (though that certainly could be a good idea for most people), or other applications that would diminish my ability to get work done.

It also means that at the end of the day, I can shut off my computer and leave work for the day instead of knowing that it is always there on my desktop.  Though this is just the first few days of trying this out, I’ll report back to let you know how effective (or ineffective) it has been having a dedicated work computer.  I think the results will be very positive.

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One Response to “Reducing Distractions with a Work Computer”

  1. I’ve always wondered how well a netbook would work. I guess the concept sounds great, but I just don’t see how you would get a whole lot done on such a tiny screen. But if you can make it work for you, then all the power to you.
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