Thomas' Minimal GTD Laptop Workstation From Austria

Thomas' Minimal GTD Laptop Workstation From Austria

Range Govindan
Oct 11, 2010

Thomas' great workstation from Salzburg, Austria, has quite a few features that aren't immediately noticeable. It's a very neat and minimal solution to his daily computing needs, with the added benefit that most of these tweaks are small DIY hacks so that he can GTD (Get Things Done).

Thomas' desk is an IKEA Vika Amon and we have to say that he definitely made the most of this. His fully functional workstation desk is quite small compared to some of the desks that we've seen. All in all, its small footprint make want people who need a secondary workstation to set up theirs like this one. Thomas includes a few simple DIY hacks that make his desk even better.

Thomas made his laptop stand himself, using IKEA Blecka hooks ($5.99 for a pair). This little hack is very simple and effective. His hack basically involves screwing the Blecka hooks onto a desk so that they can hold up the laptop. It's a great idea, but we'd probably use some felt or rubber so that the hooks don't damage the laptop.

His hanging file GTD system is also pretty simple, yet very effective. Two IKEA Ekby Bjärnum brackets ($15 for a pair) are used to hang the folders. Since he uses hanging folders, that's all you need to know about this hack. Naturally, these folders are just used to file his GTD-related things.

A Dell 2309W 23-inch monitor is connected to his MacBook. He uses an Apple Bluetooth keyboard and a Magic Mouse, so that his desk has no apparent wires. The monitor is wall-mounted, clearing up desk space if he needs it. All in all, Thomas' desk is really interesting thanks to his low-cost hacks that set this workstation apart from any other that we've seen.

[all photos by Thomas R. Stegelmann via CC license]

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