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Poll: Do you find working from bed with a laptop more comfortable than sitting in a chair?
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Oleksandr Kupriyanchuk  Identity Verified
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From bEd?! A bAd idea because... Sep 8, 2013

...bed actually serves other purposes

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svenfrade  Identity Verified
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No way Sep 8, 2013

I wouldn't dream of working in bed. Anything work-related stays in my office - where it belongs!

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Noura Tawil  Identity Verified
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No, not really. Sep 8, 2013

The answer will highly depend on how comfortable and ergonomic your chair is in the first place. It's a relative matter.
Anyway, the working on the laptop in bed posture usually injures the back if taken for prolonged periods of time, because it may place pressure on the lumbar vertebrae, and it also presses the sciatica. This could cause serious long term back problems if your back is vulnerable "Which is probably the case with many translators".

If you MUST work in bed, like when you need to relieve your swollen ankles, it's recommended that you put a pillow right under your knees, so your legs won't be stretched straight, this will somewhat relieve pressure off your sciatica.

But I found that my desk and armchair are the most comfortable setting for long working hours. It also helps putting me in the mental state of "working" where I focus better and get less distracted. An hourly alarm will help remind you to get up for a fresh air break at the balcony (or garden), relieve your eyes by looking at the distance, clear your head a bit, move your circulation to avoid swollen ankles and other vascular disorders, and avoid stiffened joints.
However, I sometimes take such breaks when I face a stubborn sentence that challenges me to find a fluent way to translate it.

[Edited at 2013-09-08 14:25 GMT]


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J Tomkowicz  Identity Verified
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Films and movies Sep 8, 2013

I think that the only "place" where I've seen people working while in bed is on films! Sometimes they even lay down on the belly with the computer (quite often a mac) in front of them, stretch out their hands and get some work done. The only thing that I can think of is how uncomfortable that must be! You can endure a position like that not longer than 15 minutes before your body will start protesting.

Sometimes when I have a cold or a mild flu, I wrap myself in blankets, sit down the sofa and work with the computer in my lap. The bed is for other purposes.


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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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From bed? Other Sep 8, 2013

It would never go through my mind to work with my laptop from my bed? No wonder this is an anonymous poll .....

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Teresa Borges
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NO WAY! Sep 8, 2013

inkweaver wrote:

I wouldn't dream of working in bed. Anything work-related stays in my office - where it belongs!


Anyway, I prefer working on my desktop rather than my laptop...

[Edited at 2013-09-08 10:04 GMT]


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Absolutely not! Sep 8, 2013

Teresa Borges wrote:

inkweaver wrote:

I wouldn't dream of working in bed. Anything work-related stays in my office - where it belongs!


Anyway, I prefer working on my desktop rather than my laptop...

[Edited at 2013-09-08 10:04 GMT]


The bedroom is reserved for certain things, so is the office. This is the "art" of separating the private from the business life.

There's only one situation I can imagine when I would consider working in bed, being hospitalized for longer than a day or two.


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Helen Hagon  Identity Verified
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Used to Sep 8, 2013

When I first started freelance work, I sat on the bed because that was the only available space. After a few weeks of that, I started to suffer from both back-ache and cabin fever. then we moved house, and I now have a dedicated room with a desk and a proper chair. The computer and the bed don't see very much of each other any more.
I also recently read an article about how modern teenagers are experiencing problems with getting to sleep as a result of technology. They use screen-based technology such as computers, TV, i-pads, i-phones etc just before sleeping, but the light generated by these gadgets confuses the hormones in the body which trigger sleep. The article recommended a minimum of 30 minutes 'screen off' time before going to sleep. I have no idea how accurate this is, but, if I do use the computer before bed, I am less relaxed as my mind is racing with work-related things, so it does help to read a book or have a soak in the bath to wind down.


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Filipa Plant dos Santos  Identity Verified
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No! Sep 8, 2013

It just feels wrong to work in bed.

I had friends at school who used to do their homework on the floor - by choice! I could never understand it!


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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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For the life of me Sep 8, 2013

Who on earth would dream up a poll question like this?

Michael Harris wrote:

It would never go through my mind to work with my laptop from my bed? No wonder this is an anonymous poll .....


Beds are for lots of things -- none of which is work. I would immediately lose concentration.


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Steve Kerry  Identity Verified
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Lap top Sep 8, 2013

I can think of better things to have on your lap top in bed than a computer...

Steve K.


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R-i-c-h-a-r-d  Identity Verified
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Never Sep 8, 2013

I always work at my desk with a desktop computer and a full keyboard.

Emails, on the other hand, can be picked up in bed, in the street, wherever I wish, but definitely not in a working capacity.


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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
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No, and it sounds very unprofessional to me Sep 8, 2013

What's going on? Are we running out of relevant questions?

I seem to remember a few better questions submitted by yours truly. What happened to them?

[Edited at 2013-09-08 14:51 GMT]


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username_  Identity Verified
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No. Don't do this. Sep 8, 2013

Unless you want to have problems with your back.

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