Two screens are better than one and three are even better …
Readers of my blog know only too well that I love screen real-estate having 3 19” screens and I certainly would never go back, what amazes me is the fact that the productivity benefits are truly amazing and yet are largely un-tapped by most businesses. According to Microsoft Research you can expect between 9 and 50% improvements in productivity, which equates to an ROI of significantly less than 1 month for most people. In my case these are the main benefits I see:
- I am more relaxed
- I am bout 30% more productive for about 2 hours per day and 10% productive for another 3 hours (I work a short day)
- I hardly ever print anything, in fact I have purchased a Tablet PC (TC1100) in 18 months just from the savings in ink cartridges, let alone the savings in time, space, paper and increased security associated with not using paper.
- My desk is paperless, meaning its much easier to focus, tidier and more productive
- I can manage interruptions much better, instant message conversations can be placed in my right monitor while I work uninterrupted on my other two. when I am sharing my screen in a web conference or watching someone else share theirs I can still have a screen for IM conversations and another for reference material or note taking.