How much more productive are you with two monitors?

I used to have two monitors but went back to having one, my eyes just get tired and hurt too much at the end of the day, after 10-12 hrs of work on two screens. Yes, it is useful but it also tires you eyes times faster so....
 
Is having two monitors easier to work and make better use of your time?
 
A second monitor is a must, buy it as soon as you can afford it. Productivity increases significantly. You will be astonished when you plug it in!
 
its a no brainer - dual or more for me!

if your on a budget check out Staples they had 23" 1920x1080 screens for $150 the other day!
 
If you use a lot of programs two monitor is essential.

My productive up 30% at least,the time and focus that you lose changing tabs ......
 
Checkout "Input Director" for controlling 2 screens with 1 kb\mouse. Works great for me.
 
I'm going to take a different point of view on this

I used to have a "command centre" - 2 laptops each running an external monitor

Thought it would make me uber-productive.

It didn't. Time suck. I'm way too ADD.

Here's what I've done - and for me personally it's done wonders for my productivity

I focus on automating and getting the screens out of my face.

I cleared out a closet to make room for laptops. I have one piece of (fairly old) hardware each for SENuke, Tweet Attacks, and Scrapebox.

Everything else on the hardware is locked down. No other programs. I even block the sites I normally surf to on the hosts file.

(Yes, I'm aware that I could easily run VM's - I'll probably do that when I do a hardware refresh, but for now this workflow seams to work for me personally.)

80-90% of the stuff I do is on one small laptop. External KB and Mouse.

When I need to do something quick (new senuke run, check to make sure tweet attacks is running ok, etc.), I log in remotely, or just take a quick look.

When I need to do something more involved, I take the hardware over to the desk where I can focus on what I'm doing

Why do it this way?

1) it forces me to automate - set things up, and then let them run. No monitoring and fiddling.

2) it makes me focus on just one thing at a time. No distractions in my face. No toolbars flashing. I never really need to be working on SENuke and Scrapebox at the same time - or any two projects for that matter

3) It makes me think long(er) term - instead of looking at SENuke every 30 minutes, I take 4 hours to set up what I want it to do for the next week, then it's just a matter of logging in every now and then and letting the program do it's job and going down a checklist.

4) It's helping me prepare to outsource parts of my operation - I try to manage it as if each part of the process is a separate job. Easier to split those tasks off when it comes time to outsource them.
 
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I love working with two monitors. It freaks my friends out when they stop by, watching me drag windows from one to the other, but for me it's way more efficient than flipping back and forth from one program to another.

One way I make use of this is writing articles. I have Word open on my main screen, and several different research sources on the other. It works great for me!
 
I currently have a laptop and that's it, just the single monitor. When I had dual monitors, I LOVED THEM!! Especially working on graphics projects and web site setup. It was sweet!

However, I really like Fwiffo's way of thinking. I've just started setting up my operation this way. It's not completely done yet, but I've got a good start. I'm a big fan of narrowing down focus, planning ahead and automating the hell out of every single thing I can.

I'm going to take a different point of view on this

I used to have a "command centre" - 2 laptops each running an external monitor

Thought it would make me uber-productive.

It didn't. Time suck. I'm way too ADD.

Here's what I've done - and for me personally it's done wonders for my productivity

I focus on automating and getting the screens out of my face.

I cleared out a closet to make room for laptops. I have one piece of (fairly old) hardware each for SENuke, Tweet Attacks, and Scrapebox.

Everything else on the hardware is locked down. No other programs. I even block the sites I normally surf to on the hosts file.

(Yes, I'm aware that I could easily run VM's - I'll probably do that when I do a hardware refresh, but for now this workflow seams to work for me personally.)

80-90% of the stuff I do is on one small laptop. External KB and Mouse.

When I need to do something quick (new senuke run, check to make sure tweet attacks is running ok, etc.), I log in remotely, or just take a quick look.

When I need to do something more involved, I take the hardware over to the desk where I can focus on what I'm doing

Why do it this way?

1) it forces me to automate - set things up, and then let them run. No monitoring and fiddling.

2) it makes me focus on just one thing at a time. No distractions in my face. No toolbars flashing. I never really need to be working on SENuke and Scrapebox at the same time - or any two projects for that matter

3) It makes me think long(er) term - instead of looking at SENuke every 30 minutes, I take 4 hours to set up what I want it to do for the next week, then it's just a matter of logging in every now and then and letting the program do it's job and going down a checklist.

4) It's helping me prepare to outsource parts of my operation - I try to manage it as if each part of the process is a separate job. Easier to split those tasks off when it comes time to outsource them.
 
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