There’s an important legal aspect to consider. Anything you do on your work laptop becomes your company’s property.
So, if you are writing a personal project, you lose the IP. If you are doing for example photo editing, your company becomes the owner of those photos. Same for what you write, etc.
Now, I think it’s totally fine to do personal things like watching Netflix, reading news... as long as you’re not doing illegal stuff. But keep in mind you can’t build anything personal with that laptop or you’ll lose the IP.
By virtue of being employed anything you make on your personal computers during non-work hours is your company property if it is related in anyway shape or form to what you do at work. Read your employment contracts 9 out of 10 companies have it written that way and won’t change it unless you ask them to change it.