Ten Things I Can’t Live Without (As A Scholar): #1: Laptop Stand

Ten Things I Can’t Live Without (As A Scholar): #1: Laptop Stand November 9, 2022

To go along with the release of my new book THE WRITER, I am running a blog series on “Ten Things I Can’t Live Without (As A Scholar).” These are ten items or tools that I depend on for my work. Some are cheap, some are expensive. This gives people a window into how I do my work. It’s meant to be fun and informative. If you are a student or professional academic, I hope you find something in this series that is useful for your work.

[To see other posts in this series, click HERE.]


Thing #1: Laptop Stand

About six years ago, I switched from a sitting desk to a standing desk. I was having some back and neck problems and a doctor encouraged me to raise my “monitor” to bring my neck into a more natural position while I work. My main computer is my laptop, so I wanted to raise up my laptop and use an external keyboard and trackpad. There are a lot of laptop stands out there for sale that do the job of lifting up your computer to eye level. Some are cheap, some are expensive. I went “middle-of-the-road.” I would encourage you to find one that is flexible (the platform can adjust) to get the exact height you want, and you can take it to a coffee shop as well and adjust it to your liking on the go.

I actually have two of these, I use the other one for a second (portable) monitor that I have for my office set up. If you are in grad school, I encourage you to spend some time (and money) establishing a great office set up—make it as comfortable and functional as you can. And start thinking ahead about your neck and back health.

Product: Nulaxy Laptop Stand (~$25)

 


Hey, if you are wanting my best practices for research, academic writing, and working with publishers, check out my new book THE WRITER: A Guide to Research, Writing, and Publishing in Biblical Studies.

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