We’ve all seen the geek on TV shows like CSI and NCIS using more than one monitor on their computer. It’s not very expensive to add a second monitor to your current computer setup and you’ll realize, in no time, how much your productivity increases.
I’ve been using dual monitors for the last five years and I have a hard time working without them. Originally I started with a 17″ Samsung CRT and a 19″ Sony CRT. Since then I’ve moved away from a desktop computer, so now I’m using a 17″ laptop coupled with a 19″ Sharp LCD.
After watching me use dual-monitors for almost two years, my girlfriend adopted two monitors at work because she’s always working with spreadsheets and other financial systems – she’s amazed with how much more work she’s been able to accomplish using both monitors.
I did one of my Toastmasters speeches about “Utilizing Your Computer” and that was a big part of my speech – switch to two monitors and you’ll save a lot of time and a lot of trees.
Here are some links to a couple of others who swear by the multiple-monitor approach:
If you look at this office, there isn’t much paper in it. On my desk I have three screens, synchronized to form a single desktop. I can drag items from one screen to the next. Once you have that large display area, you’ll never go back, because it has a direct impact on productivity.
For once I completely agree with Bill Gates. In this article in Fortune he talks about the productivity gained by using dual monitors. “The screen on the left has my list of e-mails. On the center screen is usually the specific e-mail I’m reading and responding to. And my browser is on the right-hand screen. This setup gives me the ability to glance and see what new has come in while I’m working on something, and to bring up a link that’s related to an e-mail and look at it while the e-mail is still in front of me.”