Last week my laptop’s motherboard crashed and I couldn’t get a replacement so far (ThinkPad isn’t a common brand in Ethiopia). In result of this ,my productivity has been highly affected in the last few days. Keep in mind that I have a 4G HTC smartphone and a Motorola Xoom tablet.
My productivity decreases almost by 50% since my laptop crashed. The graph above is just the general illustration when you don’t have a laptop or when you get a new laptop.
When I lost my laptop my productivity immediately decreased nearly by 80%. I spent most of the two days, re-writing my drafts, collecting important data from friends and backup, downloading online data, pictures etc… But later on the productivity stays in the same level (but still low)
When I get a new laptop, I know that my productivity won’t increase immediately. I estimate it takes about two weeks really to get my laptop to function the way I want it. Including installing proper applications, synchronizations, bookmarking, downloading different encodings for videos, folder management, and getting used to the specific behavior of the combination of the applications work together in a specific laptop.
I haven’t found a proper solution on what to do yet at a time of laptop failure and theft. The only other option is to use Cloud services but the connection in the country won’t let me do that. 😦
Finally, I decided to take days of from Monday on for a couple of days. It is better not to work (with the expense of my vacation) than working with low productivity.