Living without a Laptop

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Fair warning you may start to see a pattern of how brutally easy it is to live without the things we are told we "need".

One day I woke up and my Surface Pro 3 wouldn't turn on! Lightweight and multi-functional it would seem to be a great nomads laptop. However there was no stress, no cursing or anger. It was outside of my control. I simply packed a pen and paper and went to class. By that evening I had learned how to run Linux from my phone and which wireless peripherals were supported. I have always wanted to know how to get by without a laptop. I guess this was as good a time as ever. My broken laptop became a challenge rather than a source of stress.

The truth is with some organisation skills and a library I was more productive working on projects than if I were chilling in my room. The benefit of this is you are unlikely to watch your favourite YouTubers or browse your weird sub-reddits with people all around you. Plus you've already worked up a good association with the library and working, right? ...right.

I feel like I keep saying this when it comes to reducing what I own but it's really that easy. Have you ever tried blocking yourself from social media so you can get work done? Only to find yourself craftily bypassing the blocks that you put up? Or maybe hiding all food you're not allowed while on a diet? You always find a way. And that's what happens when you minimize, you find a way.

Selling my newer phone for a old Galaxy Note 4 (the one with the stylus) I was able to mark up lecture slides, take my own handwritten notes and make flashcards. The advantage is now they are always in my pocket! I think it's journaling/note-taking capabilities are worthy of it's own post. Blogging with it is like hand-writing a letter addressed to the internet.

Living without worrying about expensive electronics like a laptop has been a joy, I just slip my phone into my pocket and I'm good to go.

What challenges would you encounter if you stopped using a computer? How would you overcome them? Share in the comments!

Graeme Russell

I created this blog as a way to reach people about topics I care about: ethics, self-improvement, and lifestyle. I hope you can find something of value here.