Writing Lying Down

woman writing lying down on her stomach with a laptop in front of her and a child next to her

Have you ever tried writing lying down? Lying on your back with a laptop on your stomach or chest and typing away? It’s not very practical or efficient, is it?

Lying on your stomach isn’t much better. You end up kind of doing a back bend upwards to see the screen. Plus, you have to hold your weight on your elbows as you type. Personally, I find writing on my back easier even though it’s not perfect.

In fact, I’m actually writing this as I lie flat on my back on the couch, and while I am managing to type, it’s taking far more effort than usual. I’m hitting wrong keys more often, and the edge of the laptop puts irritating pressure on my arms. I’m sure doing it for a long period of time would cause problems.

So why am I doing it?

Well, my back hurts. I don’t know if I slept on it wrong or sat at the wrong angle too much last week. Or maybe it’s simply something that happens as you get older. Whatever the reason, my back hurts, and I’m lying down to rest it and let it recover.

But I have too much to do to only rest. That’s when I started trying to think of what I could work on while lying down.

There isn’t much, is there?

So I’m writing lying down. I’m not in love with it as a solution, but progress is progress! At least this way I’m getting something written, and if I’m lucky, my back will recover quickly so that I can get back to my regularly scheduled programming.


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