I often find myself intrigued by my own habits (prone to overanalysing my life and actions as I am). Sometimes it’s the very important and esoteric question of why I won’t let myself watch TV during the day… and other times it’s asking myself why I will only ‘write’ at my desktop computer while preferring to use mobile devices to access social media.
Bizarrely I rarely look at Twitter on my desktop computer other than to schedule tweets. Indeed when I worked I talked about my binge-tweeting habit – when commuting to and from work. Now I mostly tweet while lolling in bed or when in the bath – on my iPad or iPhone.
I’ve tried to write a blog post on my iPad but it just didn’t work. And interestingly I prefer to use Facebook on my Desktop to mobile device – which has far less functionality.
I recently bought my iPad (a very basic iPad 2) because I receive books (for advance reading and reviewing purposes) electronically. However I CANNOT read on my desktop. At all. If I have a long document to read or if I’m editing something I have to print it out. But (contrary to my earlier prejudices) I don’t actually mind reading on the iPad or even my iPhone.
I injured my back earlier this week and tried to do some work from home requiring me to access Google Docs, email programs and Chat applications. I was able to do bits and pieces at my desk but realised I found it easier with programs I’d downloaded onto my laptop than on my (usually more comfortable) desktop computer.
foibles idiosyncracies ‘could’ be cause for concern, but thankfully I’ve discovered that I’m far from alone.
I’ve mentioned before that I have a regular contract gig for a local website design and development company (doing a mix of project management, client liaison, admin and content development). I also look after the organisation’s Facebook page so am always on the lookout for interesting tidbits to share and was excited to find this article via HelpScout which made a lot of sense.
The post itself is actually about working ‘remotely’ (in teams) or from home but had a lot of really useful information about productivity and HOW each of us work differently.
While I do realise I’m hardly an anomaly, I breathed a sigh of relief to see someone else talk about these very issues. (And in a way that made sense!)
I sometimes think I’m a bit extravagant, having so many electronic options. I’m sure I’d make do if I had to, but it’s nice I have a choice.
Do you find that you prefer different devices for different purposes (if you have the luxury of choice, that is!)?