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Working on the go? Take along these tips

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Employees adhere to proper ergonomics more when they’re in the office than when they’re working outside of it.

Here’s how to keep healthy habits when working with gadgets on the go:

Invest in laptop accessories. If you work on a laptop, outfit it with an external keyboard and mouse, placing them at or just below elbow height. Resources: Kensington ( sells mini-mice for $20 to $60; Targus ( offers mice and a fold-up keyboard for $15 to $50.

To avoid neck strain, use a separate monitor or prop your laptop on a stand to raise the display just below eye level. Resources: Griffin Technology (; $40) sells stands, as does Logitech (; $30 to $100).

Be smart about smartphone texting. Reduce repetitive stress injuries by cutting back on texting time. Add to your signature: “Sent by my mobile.” That way, people won’t expect (and you won’t feel obligated to provide) lengthy responses. Rather than always using two thumbs to type, switch fingers or use your pencil’s eraser end. Or skip texting altogether and make a phone call.

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