I use the laptop for the heavy lifting work:
- Writing the manuscripts I need.
- Storing and sorting the research material that goes into that writing.
- Downloading and saving files transferred from office staff and outside sources.
- Filing all the results of correspondence in easily accessible files for later use.
- Storing large numbers of images for later use.
- Holding the largest programs I need for my work.
- Running the various podcasts I like to listen to when the work being done does not require deep thinking or creative writing as the laptop has excellent speakers.
- Digital copy of a massive reference book with full research notes reside here for reference.
The tablet has other uses:
- The final manuscript I will be working with when speaking to the public is carried on the tablet.
- Last minute changes to that manuscript are handled on the tablet.
- Fast email responses to various correspondents from the dedicated email site I set up just for the job are dashed off on the tablet.
- Quick reference research is done on the tablet, which is left open while I write and cross referenced without switching away from my Word document (most convenient).
- A variety of news and information sites are kept here as Apps and referenced as needed.
- My most often used email address (not the new business address) is checked from the tablet without taking me away from the work of the main computer.
- My calendar of upcoming events and my actions notes reside here to go with me everywhere.
- Two copies of the massive reference book without the detailed research notes reside here for ready reference in the field, one quite colorful.
For related writing posts, see: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2014/01/writers-corner-keeping-hard-to-spell.html; http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2010/05/writers-savor-small-moments.html; and http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2010/01/writers-never-burn-your-bridges.html