I used to be one of those “everything on my laptop” sort of guys until I started working from home. Now I use the device pyramid principle, which is another way of saying that I exploit the strengths of 3 devices to offset the weaknesses of those same three devices. I works like this:
My least powerful, but most accessible device is my Treo. I can access anything on it with a couple of clicks, and its up and running in a second (actually its always on but it takes a second to activate the screen). Because it’s my phone I never leave home without it. The information I carry on it is the basic stuff:
But because it’s always with me it’s important that I also have stuff for entertainment, (music, books) and work to fill in any otherwise dead time (RSS feeds, tech conferences, email).
Next comes my Tablet, it’s much bigger, takes a couple of minutes to get going, and even longer to find what I am looking for. However being more powerful it has everything that the Treo has plus:
- All my scanned documents
- All my current work
- Everything …