Are you more or less productive in certain settings? Or on certain computers? I am! For me, this is mostly true with web design/development work, but it also occasionally applies to blogging:
Hardware: I work better on a bigger computer
I have two computers: a desktop PC sitting in England, and a MacbookPro laptop that I take with me when I travel. When I’m home in England, I never ever use the laptop. All of my work is done on my desktop computer, which is super fast, has like 4 or 5 hard drives, and has two monitors. It’s epic!
But when I travel, I only have my MacbookPro. When I sit down to start doing work, suddenly it feels so tedious! I almost can’t even explain why. I have almost all the same applications on my laptop than I have on my desktop PC. I suppose the main annoyance is that my laptop is slower and it only has one 17″ screen, instead of two 23″ screens. It’s hard to downsize! I think the slower laptop also makes me feel less productive, even though in reality it doesn’t actually affect me that much.
Ultimately, I think most of it is in my head. My laptop feels smaller and less awesome, so that makes me feel less productive. I also love the setting that my desktop is in. I have a great desk, and a fabulous chair that I adore. But when I travel I often just sit on my bed with the laptop. It makes me feel lazy.
Location: No public places!
Location also affects my productivity. I’m not one of those people who can plop down at Starbucks with their laptop and work away. I hate it! I don’t like having eyes on me or people reading over my shoulder (which I’m sure they do, because sometimes I do it to people on their laptops lol). For me, there’s nothing like the quiet privacy of my own apartment.