Stop Using Multiple Screens
Updated: Apr 19, 2022
Are you getting bogged down because of too much input from multiple screens?
Follow this tip to help you stay focused and balanced.
Today's tip is all about screens. I'm not talking about all of your phones and laptops and computers. I'm talking actually about the screens that you're looking at right now, that is, your computer screens.
There is, and has been, a movement to have multiple screens, monitors, projectors, laptops, iPads, etc. A lot of times this creates a tendency to multitask. So right now as you're watching this, you might actually be looking at another monitor and answering your email or doing a video meeting at the same time. So in order to avoid that, I actually suggest that you use no more than two monitors.
I used to suggest using just one monitor. But now, even when you're using just one, it's actually simple to create multiple screens on your monitor so that you have several. So be careful of that. But I think having two monitors is quite productive if you do one thing. And here's the one thing: Let your secondary monitor be your calendar.
Those of you who are in the program with me know that ideal calendar is huge. It's what we follow and what we preach and teach so that you can be more productive and utilize your time well. So if you're going to have two monitors, make sure that your secondary monitor is your calendar, and that it stays your calendar. So you're not checking email from it, and you're not doing tasks from it, but it's there to help guide you throughout the day.
Have one main monitor to do tasks.
Have a secondary monitor for your calendar.
Avoid opening several screens on your main monitor.
Avoid having too many browser tabs open.
Use your main monitor to do one task at a time. I've given lots of other tips about not having more than five or six browser tabs open. If you do have more than that open, you really ought to do a browser tab audit and close the other browser tabs. What I'm sharing with you today is a similar concept. Don't give yourself too many screens to look at and to constantly go back and forth from.
There is one exception to this, though. The one exception is if you're working on a project that requires you to do some research, and you need a document open on one monitor so that you can create the other document. This would be true if you're working on a real estate contract, life insurance contract, investment contract, etc., and you need two monitors. But when you're done with the project, pull up your calendar on your secondary monitor, and stay focused.
That's my tip for today. I would love feedback, so please leave me a note in the comments.
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