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Increase Productivity by 20% for $200


Robby

Everybody wants to increase productivity at work. And chances are good that no matter what you do these days, you spend part of time in front a computer.

For some of us, that might be a total of 30 minutes a day. Other workers spend almost the entire day typing, pointing and clicking.

And if you’re unemployed, you’re almost certainly on the machine, applying for jobs and reconnecting with old colleagues.

So what’s the secret? How can you increase productivity by 20% for only $200?

Buy another monitor.

dual monitors

Seriously. You may feel like you’re on an episode of one of those forensic crime shows, but many research studies have shown that a second screen really does help. Here’s an article from the New York Times:

I should not have been surprised. Survey after survey shows that whether you measure your productivity in facts researched, alien spaceships vaporized, or articles written, adding an extra monitor will give your output a considerable boost — 20 percent to 30 percent, according to a survey by Jon Peddie Research

I only put 20% in the title of this blog post, just to be conservative.

Let’s do the math: assuming you make $10 an hour, a 20% increase is the equivalent of two bucks each hour.

A 19″ display runs about eighty dollars (really, that’s all) so we’ll round up to two hundred to account for any installation headaches.

So if you’re productivity gain is two dollars an hour, it only takes a hundred hours for the second screen to pay for itself. That’s less than three weeks of full-time work in front of the computer.

Ask your boss if they are interested in you being more productive. If they aren’t, maybe that’s a good sign you need a new job which starts with at least two screens.

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About the Blogger: Robby Slaughter is a productivity speaker and expert. He is a principal with a AccelaWork, an Indianapolis consulting firm.

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