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Mar 13 2008

Be More Productive, buy a Large Monitor….continued

GTD with a large MonitorI wrote a post on the 1st of May about research that showed Large Monitors increased your productivity. I am writing this on my 17" MacBook Pro laptop and using the built in screen. I do have a 22" Dell Monitor at home but the resolution is the same as on my MacBook Pro. I really want an Apple 30" Cinema display and I have been waiting for what feels like an age for Apple to give it it's long needed upgrade. I just know that if I spend the £1000 now and buy one, the day after Apple will upgrade it with a brand new shiny model and I will be as sick as a parrot. Anyway, I was reading a post on Lifehacker about the very same topic and some of the readers comments were very interesting. The common consensus is that large monitors do help with work. Bottom line is that you can align more than one application up, so you are not currently switching between applications which I seem to spend a considerable amount of time doing. So, do you have a large monitor? and if so, has it made a difference to your productivity? Would love to hear from you all... SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOGAlso, if you have not done so, be sure to subscribe to this blog with your favorite RSS reader so you can keep up to date with all the posts.
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  1. Joshua Parker said on March 14th, 2008 at 2:17 am

    I have a 24″ Acer and I love it. I definitely decided to buy one for productivity purposes. I am always working on my Mac, so I need lots of screen real estate. I have not yet regretted the purchase to have all your word procession applications lined up the way I need them is a plus.

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  2. Tim Herlihy said on March 19th, 2008 at 9:02 am

    Well, a large monitor is a great thing – I do agree, however, I don’t feel that it saves me two hours per day. This is exaggerated, I guess. The thing that really influenced my poductivity was a web-pazed planning tool. It is reall a wonderful way to get everything in one place, just like David Allen teaches in his book. Here’s a very interesting post that made me believe that tools can really make you more productive http://www.wrike.com/blog/9/4/2007/Getting_things_done_with_Wrike_saves_us_hours

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  3. Paul said on March 22nd, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    I have my (new!) MacBook Pro docked with a HP 19″ LCD on the side. The higher resolution on these new MBP makes things TINY. So the lower resolution (1440×900) LCD is nice for reading webpages, etc. Also there’s some scientific proof more monitors is more productive: http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/001076.html

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