I live on my computer. It’s where I work, listen to music, watch tv, connect with friends, follow the news… My computer serves countless functions in both my personal and my professional life.
And I love it.
But it can also get complicated. How can I ensure that the tweet I am trying to send for a client doesn’t accidentally go out through my own account (or MUCH WORSE – that my own tweet doesn’t go out through theirs)? How do I check both my personal email and my work email without mixing up the two and losing track of sender? How about engaging with YouTube while also being logged into the Google Apps through a separate, professional setting?
Not having a work computer means combining your personal and work systems in endless ways. But keeping the different components of your life distinct is as easy as… using more than one internet browser.
I for one use Firefox for my “real” life. Chrome is my work browser. When additional projects come in that need not just their own space, but their own house altogether, it’s time to load up Safari.
This system has long kept me sane and relaxed, even when things start piling up. Try it yourself and let me know what you think.
Pro tip: If you have a Mac, you can actually create different “desktops.” Get these setup and watch how quickly things start settling in to focus!