I’ve long been a huge advocate of using two or more monitors. I remember way back when practicing law I bought a second monitor. It was an efficiency game changer for me. The next day I bought everyone in the office a second monitor.
Since then, I’ve expanded into a 49″ curved attached to a 32″ desktop that’s also connected to a 32″ third monitor.
It’s like being in a hall of monitors.
I LOVE IT.
But it poses one problem.
The one problem having so much monitor real estate is I recently ended up with so many files on the desktop dispersed across 3 large monitors that it became out of control especially when I used my laptop at home. All those files cram onto the laptop screen which rendered the desktop totally useless.
This week I cleaned desktop house.
I removed every file and image except for 5.
It feels so good.
I also deleted the Trash which I had never done. It had accumulated tens of thousands of files over the last 3 years. Go figure… my laptop actually runs faster now.
Is a curved monitor worth it?
Late last year I dropped $1,000 on a massive 49″ curved monitor. It’s basically 3 monitors in one.
At first I was disappointed because the graphics aren’t as crisp as my Mac desktop or my 7 year old 32″ LG monitor.
I was pretty choked actually.
But I connected it up anyway and decided to see if it would come in handy.
I have to say having a curved monitor is super handy.
The one huge benefit it offers over individual monitors is I can stretch a spreadsheet super wide on it saving me all that wasted time and effort scrolling back and forth.
This reason alone justifies the cost of a curved monitor since I work on Google Sheets daily.
One could earn millions dispensing this advice
Not that I grace the offices and cubicles of Fortune 500 companies much but over the years I do visit people in offices in my bank.
Just before COVID, I had a sit-down with an advisor at the bank. I was appalled that the poor guy was forced to work with one smallish monitor. It was a joke. This guy works on spreadsheets, email, charts, the Web etc. all day long and was forced to do all this on one smallish monitor.
It’s almost as if the bank didn’t want the guy to get anything done.
I’m not sure what the bank spends on consultant’s each year but I suspect it’s millions. Many big companies do seeking to improve efficiencies, etc.
And yet, for all that money spent on consultants, not one has suggested that every bank employee with a computer should have two large monitors, preferably one being an ultra wide curved monitor.
This one tidbit of advice could improve the efficiency of an entire corporation by at least 30% or more and all it would cost is a few hundred per employee.
So there you have it. A consulting business in a box.
Charge $25,000+ to tell companies to get their employees a second monitor.
I jest… kinda.
Or become a career coach and tell your keener clients to buy a second monitor on their own dime for work and they’ll leave their colleague competition in the dust as they rip up the corporate ladder getting so much done.
It’s interesting how just one simple tip can have such a profound impact.
It’s similar to the effectiveness of going after low competition keywords and monetizing with ads. So simple. I daresay obvious (although it escaped me for years). And yet so effective… I’ve built up comfortable, largely passive revenue streams doing just this.