This post by Jennifer Flaten
Routine is a big part of my life, and I am guessing many other writers and people who work from home. After taking the kids to school, I walk the dog-which is a very important step if I don’t want the dog to turn into demon hound and terrorize me for the rest of the day.
When I return home from the walk I send the dog off with her after walk treat and I settle down to start my day “officially”. This means I read the paper-okay, maybe I read the funnies and scan the rest of the news, drink my two caffeinated Diet Pepsi (the only caffeine I have all day) and do all the puzzles.
Finally, I turn on my computer and do my work, whatever it might be for the day.
If I don’t do these things or have to skip a part of it, I feel off kilter. What can I say I am a creature of habit? This goes a long way to explain, why I am typing this from my now “old” laptop when I got a new laptop for Christmas.
The new laptop was very thoughtful gift from my husband who was worried that the kids, who are now using the computer a lot more would wreck the old laptop (our only computer) leaving me without a way to do my work (and of course, check Facebook).
So, he surprised me with a new laptop. I love it. It’s new and sleek. So, why is it slumbering in the drawer right now?
Well, mainly because it is new. The keyboard feels different. I see all you writers nodding your heads; you know exactly what I mean. The new laptop is just ever so slightly different from the old one. Not to mention all my stuff is on the old computer and I haven’t had the time to transfer everything over.
Plus, the new computer runs Windows 8. Now, I won’t turn this into a Windows 8 review, except to say…yes, it would run much better on a touch screen alas, I have it on a non-touch screen laptop. It’s not bad; it’s just different which of course throws off my routine.
I guess I need to set some time to get my new computer all tricked out to my specifications so it can become part of my new routine.