Using multiple monitors might sound like a crazy idea, but it’s one of those things that once you try it, you’ll wonder how you ever got along with just one monitor. When I’m working at my desk, I have a 20" Sony flat panel monitor that I used with my MacBook.
Two monitors enable me to minimize time switching from one thing to another and helps me be more efficient by keeping what I need to work on easily visible. I typically keep my case management program (Rocket Matter) visible on the Sony and then whatever I’m working on (email, etc.) on my MacBook screen. When I’m drafting a document, I can keep my reference material (notes, letters, pleadings, etc.) visible in one screen and my word processor (Pages) on the other.
How many monitors is enough? Well, that depends on you. For me, the limit is 2 – one laptop screen and a widescreen monitor capable of keeping two windows open at 95% each. I find that having more monitors gives me free reign to indulge a lack of concentration and maximize the potential for distraction.
Do you use multiple monitors in your law practice? If so, how many do you use and what benefits have you gotten from doing so? I welcome your input in my Comments section below.
Source: "Multiple Monitors In The Law Office Yields Increased Productivity … To A Point" by Jay Fleischman, published at Legal Practice Pro. Thanks to Finis Price for his post about this article.