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My estimable colleague Rees Morrison this morning has a brief roundup of statistics regarding productivity and multiple monitors.
Project management is tightly tied to productivity, which is why this subject matters so much to me.
Multiple monitors are a boon - an enormous one - if and only if used effectively. They are the third-least-expensive productivity tool you can get for your team.
They pay off whenever you are doing a single task that requires multiple panes (windows), such as the following:
Various non-attorney tasks also use multiple monitors effectively - movie and music production, graphic design, software development, etc.
The quickest way to kill productivity, as Rees notes, can also involve multiple monitors.
Put EMail on the second monitor, and watch productivity decline. The same goes for Twitter, Facebook, silly cat videos, and the like.
It's obvious that if you put a TV show on the second monitor, your attention would be divided and your productivity would decline. EMail is just a TV show in slow motion.
Indeed, you don't even need the second monitor to suffer the "EMail effect." Tomorrow, I'll write about the first- and second-least-expensive productivity tools.
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