Beware the 'Laptop Effect'!

Discussion in 'Productivity and Motivation' started by mjsellars, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. mjsellars

    mjsellars New Member

    A lot of work-from-home entrepeneurs have invested in laptops. They're easy to cart around and they don't clutter up the house.

    The only problem with laptops is what I call the 'laptop effect'. This is when you sit with your laptop actually on your lap. Slowly but surely your lap and legs warm up, and even if you don't fall asleep, you will almost certainly experience a degree of 'over-comfort'. You may as well take a sedative.

    My advice: put your laptop on a desk or table.
  2. Vishal P. Rao

    Vishal P. Rao Administrator Staff Member

    Laptop effect would be too mild to say. I think it would be laptop disaster. Just like too much cell phone usage can cause brain damage/cancer/tumor, the electro magnetic radiations from laptop can damage your reproductive system.
  3. getagrip

    getagrip Gold Member

    Wow. I never thought about this! Seems like everything these days will kill you or give you cancer! [​IMG]
  4. wealthbuilders

    wealthbuilders New Member

    Geesh! Never thought about that either!
  5. A8ch

    A8ch Gold Member

    Seems like every time we make a technological advancement, we also create a new way to do harm to ourselves. What's one to do? [​IMG]

  6. jeffreysloe

    jeffreysloe Member

    Moderation works in most cases.
  7. carterstory

    carterstory New Member

    When I'm working, my computer is on a desk or a table.
    The only time it's in my lap is when I'm sitting in a room where I've got no distractions, (there's only a lazyboy in that room).
    You just need to limit your distractions, and make sure you're focused on the task at hand...
  8. BloomAgain

    BloomAgain New Member

    I never heard this before. I don't have a laptop yet, but want to get one and will keep this suggestion in mind. Thanks.
  9. yahia

    yahia Member

    Also watch for your back. A laptop on your lap setting on a couch or a lazyboy is a guarantee you'll lose the straight back posture.
  10. happywife

    happywife Gold Member

    Unfortunately, I've never had good posture to begin with, so using my laptop all the time certainly doesn't help.

    I do try to keep a cushion between my lap and the laptop, but I doubt that does much to deter the electro magnetic rays. [​IMG]

    Always something, isn't it?
  11. MickProvel

    MickProvel New Member

    Yes, getting too comfortable is how we destroy our chances of being successful. We need to stay hungry!!
  12. odlanor9

    odlanor9 New Member

    I agree you should be cautious how you treat your body, but at the end of the day, I just try to get my work excuses.

    You know what they say...what doesn't kill you makes you stronger!

  13. ermelinda

    ermelinda New Member

    Personally I've had several laptops up till now and I've never got used to actually work well unless it's on a table or desk. Sure, it's useful to take them everywhere. But when it comes to actually do our work on them it's best a solid surface below them.
  14. wrlawrence

    wrlawrence New Member

    Thanks for the insight. Like most of us who responded and was not aware oof the effect.
  15. mogulmedia

    mogulmedia New Member

  16. talfighel

    talfighel Silver Member

    Wow, if I were to have my laptop sit on my lap non stop, this would be very annoying and not so comfortable.

    It is so easy and convenient to do this but your laptop will warn up.

    The problem for me is that I am so used to sitting on my bed and doing work and having the laptop sitting on my lap that I if I were to sit on a desk, that would be a challange because I am so used to sitting and doing my work on my bed.

    I like this post. I thought I was the only one,

  17. Cesar Fasano

    Cesar Fasano Guest

    What an interesting topic...

    The power of environments is always critical. I personally alternate the places I work.

    - Whenever I'm writing something I go to my balcony...

    - When I'm going to absorb any new information I go to the library.

    - When I have to respond to emails and phone calls I stay in my home office.

    It's very important to get into the environment where you can as much as productive as you can....Laptop or not get yourself in production mode.
  18. bbray95

    bbray95 New Member

    Very good advice!

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