Sometime early last year I switched from a laptop backpack to a laptop purse. This was partially due to being sick of people asking if I was on my way to college. Yes, I thought I’d take a random trip on a Thursday in July to head back to college. I guess since I’m enrolled in a masters program now I shouldn’t be too offended, but never the less I decided I wanted to look more professional.
Fast forward to December. I started getting really bad lower back pain on the left side of my back. I figured it was because I was being sedentary instead of running or the position I lay on the couch when I work from home. Now that I’m back on the road the second I swung (probably the first mistake) the laptop bag on my left shoulder and the pain erupted I knew what it must be.
There is a concept in politics called a “zero-based” budget where instead of basing each new budget off the previous budget the whole thing must be rewritten. I think I need to take the same approach to my “laptop purse” which is really my home away from home. I wish I had my luggage scale since I’m sure the thing weighs at least 18 pounds.
Some items include:
- Laptop charger
- portable hard drive
- cell phone USB cord/wall adapter
- old boarding passes from who knows how far back
- good headphones
- freebie airline headphones in case I forget my good headphones
- arm strap for phone during exercise
- multi-sided nail file
- business card organizer
- various papers from long ago for work procedures I only do at home
You get the point. Mainly it only needs things I like to have near me during a flight (laptop, earphones) and things I need to take to work (laptop/charger, portable hard drive). Since my body only likes to carry the load on my left shoulder (I feel very awkward/unbalanced on my right) I’m not sure if I just need to alternate shoulders, or if I need to switch back to a backpack. The pain does go away and I get fairly good relief just by exercising so maybe this pain in the back is really my conscience telling me to work out.
I love my eBags purse, but it may be time for a smaller laptop bag so I don’t have as much room to grow.