For a span from 2002 to 2019, I almost never had a work computer. There was one or two times where a contract provided a computer. But primarily my work computer where I did, you know, my work, and my home computer, where I worked on side projects and did my writing and personal internet access, were one and the same.
At Transposit, where I recently started, I have a separate work computer and a personal computer.
This is huge.
Here’s what it means. (I work from home, so boundaries are a bit more fluid.)
- I’m no longer tempted to work (not even look at Slack) when I pick up my computer to say, write a blog post.
- I can set down my work computer at end of the day and feel “done”.
- When I pick up my personal computer to work on a personal project, I’m more focused.
Working is such a endorphin rush sometimes. Having a separate work computer and not installing any work software (not email, not Slack, not nothing) on my personal computer helps me maintain work life balance. This means when I’m working I am working and when I’m not, I am not.