While in an ideal world, we would be able to have a separate computer for each of our endeavours, perfectly compartmentalising our life, in reality it becomes very expensive and also inconvenient to run multiple laptops.
This article will discuss the considerations of using one laptop for both work and personal use and the pros and cons of this.
The Difficulties of Multi-tasking
Most laptops (providing you choose the right specification for you needs) will be able to handle whatever you throw at them for the duration of their life. The difficulties arise when human error comes into play.
Trying to cram everything onto one computer is going to quickly fill your memory and impact your CPU, and so with this in mind, you need to ensure you have a powerful enough laptop for everything you expect it to be able to do. You can check out the range of Lenovo laptops for some ideas of those that will be suitable.
When purchasing you may want to think about getting additional memory and a faster processor to ensure the longevity of the machine if it is going to be used for multiple purposes. Another thing to consider is whether or not your family will be using the computer alongside you. If this is the case, then there is obviously going to be a lot more risk of problems, such as files accidentally being deleted.
There are a few ways you can try and combat this, however.
Organization is going to be your best friend when sharing a machine or using it for both business and personal use. The first thing you should do, is create multiple user profiles on the laptop. This will allow you to keep your work profile and home profile separate, as well as keep the kids away from any documents that are important and stored on your work profile. This is very simple to do and could save you a lot of heartache in the future, and there is no limit to the number of user profiles you can create.
While it makes a lot of sense to have a separate profile for work and home for yourself personally, if you want to keep all of your items in one place (so you can easily switch between them) and just have separate profiles for other family members, then you should put into place a good filing system, creating separate files for home and work projects, and ensure you back everything up with a cloud storage platform such as Google Drive.
Backing up everything, while it can seem like a pain, is going to help ensure you don’t mistakenly delete/edit work items while in home mode or vice versa. In addition to this, it will allow you to delete items from your device, giving you more memory to play with on the laptop.
It is possible to use one laptop for multiple purposes if you are organized and utilize the tools available to you such as user profiles and cloud storage.