Productivity per Square Inch

I used to use three 27″ monitors vertically, then switched to two 30″ Dells, nowadays I’m on a 13″ Air screen most of the time, and occasionally plug into a Thunderbolt Display. Here’s a cool article on how to increase productivity per square inch of your screen by Peter Legierski.

11 replies on “Productivity per Square Inch”

I’m working on a 24 inch screen at the moment and I have been thinking of getting another cinema 27 screen. But after reading the article, its actually made me think. To be honest I rarely utilise the full screen size unless editing images or illustrations, I think rather than spending money on more screens I will get a Mac book and get out and enjoy free wifi :D.

That is a contrary opinion to my own. After a series of moves, I’m down to a single monitor, and my productivity has taken a huge hit. I dislike widescreen monitors as you can’t maximize most apps without text getting stretched to lines of nearly unreadable lengths. I’m happier with two standard 4:3 monitors.

If I am just writing or corresponding, I’m happy on a single monitor, and can drift over to the laptop for short stretches. (Can’t do for long without the ergonomic keyboard though–my wrists can’t take the abuse.) If I’m doing graphic, sound or video editing, I use one window as the editor, the second for all the small toolboxes to keep the workspace uncluttered. When working on code, I often need a “go-by” page open in one monitor to refer to while I work in the other. Or, I need to compare two windows side by side. Bouncing back and forth between tabs and open applications on a single monitor leaves me more confused than anything, and kills productivity.

I don’t know that I agree with the argument that a 12″ monitor can replace a 27″ monitor – certainly if you’ve developed a workspace that accommodates things like twitter clients as distraction-sidebars (which to me seems as ridiculous as sticking a movie and trying to watch the movie while working, it’s a recipe for frustration, if not a coding disaster).

I usually have multiple interconnected apps/views/etc on screen, so I’ve found that working on my 15″ laptop — while it’s certainly possible — is a lesser productivity environment than the 27″ monitor on my desk, due to window juggling.

I was rocking a dual-monitor setup at work, which aided my daily duties performing data quality analysis.

Since I made the personal switch to a MacBook, I’ve been completely sucked in by the extended desktop — that I can four-finger swipe left/right to reveal a different working space as needed has been revolutionary. That one piece of technology is why I’ve returned to a one-screen setup.

[…] always links to interesting articles.  This post on screen size reminded me of the process I went through a couple of years ago when I needed a new monitor and I knew in advance I wasn’t looking for the biggest monitor I could find.  I figured I had plenty of ways already to distract myself and procrastinate, I didn’t need a bigger monitor to make more room for those things. […]

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