With the amount of devices that people already have to manage, it only makes sense that you’d want to consolidate however you can. However, if you choose to use a device like a laptop for both personal and professional purposes, you also have to figure out how to separate these two areas of your life.
If you’ve yet to do this or you aren’t even sure why you’d need separation in this way, here are three tips for using your laptop for both business and personal reasons and keeping both areas of your life safe and secure.
Create Separate Profiles
To help with the separation, David Murphy, a contributor to LifeHacker.com, recommends that you create separate profiles within your laptop for both personal and professional purposes. When doing something for work, make sure you’re using your business profile and saving all your professional information that that account. But once work is over, feel free to keep your personal computer use in the other profile.
This type of separation can be done with both the actual profiles within the users of your laptop as well as with things like your browser. Not only will this help you mentally separate the time you spend working and play, but it can also help you to keep your laptop cleaner and your device much more organized.
Focus On Security
For any device, security should be of the utmost importance to you. But especially when you’re doing both personal and professional work on the same laptop, you want to be sure that all the information you view on store is secure.
To help with this security, Jeff Pochepan, a contributor to Inc.com, recommends that you use strong passwords that you change regularly, an auto lock that engages after a certain period of time, virus protection, and certain protocols in place in the event that the device gets hacked or stolen.
Give It A Rest
When you’re using your laptop both before, during, and after traditional business hours, David Murphy shares in a separate LifeHacker article that your machine is likely going to have to withstand a lot of wear and tear. Knowing this, it’s wise to try to minimize this as much as possible.
When you can, try to give your laptop a rest. Shut it down after you’re done using it and try to keep your open applications and processes low. Especially if you’re hoping to be able to hold onto this laptop for a while, it’s important that you know how to take care of it while also getting reasonable use out of it for both personal and professional purposes.
If you use the same laptop for your personal and professional life, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you go between these two worlds seamlessly.