One of my Christmas presents was an upgrade to my “old” laptop. I’ve had it for two years and it’s already pretty dated, which is somewhat ridiculous, but that’s today’s technology for you. It was getting so slow, however, as to be on a standstill most of the time. That was also pretty ridiculous.
I asked for an SSD drive, because I don’t need a lot of storage on it anyway and for a RAM upgrade. My dad installed it all and set it up with Windows 10.
Since I have a Vaio, however, I lost some functionality. It’s not too bad, but slightly annoying, because Sony is no longer making laptops and the technical support or upgrades aren’t there anymore. Thus my Vaio is not completely happy with Windows 10.
But it does what I need it for, which is work.
Now, there’s work and then there’s work. I’ve finally set up the laptop again to get me working properly on it, because I don’t want to do it all on my Surface. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Surface and I’m on it right now. I’ll continue to work on it when I’m out and about or travelling. But at home I have a desk and I should use it. That’s the whole point.
When I have my own place I want a proper work station as well. I already know what desk I want and what it’s all going to look like. A work environment is important and it helps with productivity.
Additionally, the way I’ve set up my “old” laptop is indeed focussing on work, eliminating as many distractions as possible. That way I can get my paid work as a freelancer done more quickly and move onto my own work, which will live on the Surface.
That includes writing this blog every once in a while, or one of the other ones I still have floating around.
Keeping both types of work, the paid stuff and the one that I really want to do, is an endeavour to make me more productive. I’ve been doing quite alright in that department, getting it together more and working on that discipline.
I’m also working on keeping my promise. I’ve been better with my work schedule and load. I’ve been doing some writing and definitely more thinking on my writing. I move more and I’ve also made strides in eating healthier. So far, so good.
The only thing I’ve postponed is learning Spanish. I’ve downloaded Duolingo, a very highly rated language app and installed Spanish, Italian and Dutch on it. Since my more immediate need is for the latter, however, I’ve been concentrating more on that one. It also turns out I remember a lot more Spanish than I thought.
Anyway, I’m not where I want to be, not even close, but I’m at least working myself there, bit by bit. Separating my work from paid work is an important step in the right direction.
It’s good to keep checking in with myself, because it will hopefully keep me on track.