Enhance Productivity Via Window Management

The Problem

Whether you’re in school, working full-time or just lounging at home, accomplishing tasks on a computer can get a little hectic.  Especially if you’re bouncing between windows constantly.  I won’t bore you with a bunch of hypothetical scenarios because I’m sure we’ve all been there at some point.  Let’s just get to the making-our-lives-easier part.

The Solution(s)

There are many tools that can help increase productivity when leveraging multiple windows using one monitor such as:

  • Keyboard shortcuts to switch windows/tabs
  • Software to drag/resize windows to a portion of your screen
    • Windows offers this natively
    • Mac

What’s better than having all these tools at your disposal?  Having them at your disposal on more than one monitor!

The power of multiple monitors

Being able to see multiple full-sized windows at once is invaluable when it comes to getting tasks done.  Anyone who’s ever done any computer programming can definitely attest to this.  However developing an application isn’t the only use case for the advantages of multiple monitors.  For example, students know how tedious minimizing/maximizing windows can be when you’re researching and writing that paper at the same time.  Especially if you’re working on a tiny laptop screen.

In my opinion, adding an extra screen is a simple – but potentially expensive – first step to boosting your productivity.  Don’t want to take my word for it?  Check out the various studies which have found that using multiple monitors offers an efficiency boost.

Study conducted at the University of Utah

Too long; didn’t read?

Multi-screens fared significantly better than single
screen on time and number performance measures.
Respondents got on task quicker, did the work faster,
and got more of the work done with fewer errors in
multi-screen configurations than with a single screen.
They were 6 percent quicker to task, 7 percent faster
on task, generated 10 percent more production, were
16 percent faster in production, had 33 percent fewer
errors, and were 18 percent faster in errorless
production. These gains are achieved by turning on
a monitor and five minutes of training.

Get your hands on an extra monitor or two and try it out for yourself!

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