A girl uses an iPad to work

Change Your Device: A Productivity Hack

Article by Venessa Baez | December 20, 2017

Whether you’re switching from laptop to desktop or to phone or tablet, changing your device may also be able to help you boost your productivity.


More so than ever, people want to take what little free time they have and maximize it to its fullest potential. It seems like every day there’s a new book, podcast, or video on “productivity hacks”

But here’s the thing. Everyone’s wired differently. And not everyone is going to respond to the same “productivity hacks” that others might. A lot of these tips and tricks are rooted in psychology, but a lot of them aren’t.

I’m not sure if this trick that I’ve learned helps me if rooted in psychology at all, but I’ve found it to help me tremendously when it comes to writing new essays or blog posts.

Change your device

My primary machine is a MacBook Pro. I use it for everything from website design and development to social media and Netflix.

But I’ve found that my highest level of textual productivity comes from writing on my iPad Pro.

I’m not saying that you need to go out and purchase an iPad Pro strictly for writing – not at all. I first purchased the iPad to use as a drawing tablet. It just so happened that it was the only device I had with me one day and I breezed through writing an article like it was nothing.

Having another device that is dedicated to only specific tasks can help train your mind to focus on those specific tasks at hand. It especially helps to use my tablet for writing, since my access to switching between application windows isn’t as easy as it is on my laptop.

So, whether you’re switching from laptop to desktop or to phone or tablet, changing your device may also be able to help you boost your productivity.


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