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Laptops, Ergonomics, and Productivity - How are You Doing?

Laptops, Ergonomics, and Productivity - How are You Doing?

Laptops & (their lack of) Productivity

Laptops are quickly becoming the top choice for computing. With the advent of the new netbooks, like iPads, you can take laptops just about everywhere you go. Whether you're computing at work or at home, most people do not practice good ergonomics with their laptops. Practicing good ergonomics and using good ergonomic equipment makes a huge difference in your productivity in the workplace.  If you do use a laptop at your workplace here are two quick tips to ergonomically enhance your comfort and your productivity.  

  • Don’t lap your laptop. Use a table. Though it’s called a laptop, when you place your laptop on your lap, it puts too much strain on your arms and wrists because they won’t have enough room to move around to hit the keys on your laptop. You’ll feel cramped and your muscles will, too.  Also, when used on your lap, your elbows will be bent inwards at the wrong angle placing excess stress on your hands and wrists.  Conversely, when you use it on a table, you are giving yourself enough space to move around, thus lessening the pressure placed on your elbows, wrists, and arms. You will find that you will be able to use it for longer periods of time on a tabletop, as well, which will greatly enhance your productivity.
  • Use an external keyboard and mouse – If you use your laptop for long periods of time, using a separate keyboard, such as a mini keyboard, and ergonomic mouse is a big advantage.  This is even more important for smaller laptops. Why? The smaller the keyboard on the laptop, the more strain it places on your hands and arms. Consider an iMini keyboard or an iPad Bundle for your IPad.  Obeying this one simple rule helps you to not only practice good ergonomics but also leads to more productivity. You will be able to use your laptop pain-free for longer periods of time without having to stop because of arm cramps or pain.

 

Everyone wants to be as productive as they can be, so it’s in your best interest to make your tools more ergonomically friendly or get ergonomically friendly tools.