One of the best things I did to increase my productivity as a drafter was investing in dual monitors. Once you try working with two monitors, you will never want to go back.
Don’t just take my word for it though. Many studies have been done on correlation between productivity and multiple screen use. For example, Microsoft Research Center found that adding a second screen to your workstation “can increase your productivity by 9 to 50 percent and make your work day easier“.
Another study done by the University of Utah, that compared single monitor and dual monitor performance, concluded that dual monitor users “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.” You can read the in-depth research findings here.
After using dual monitor set up as a drafter for the last three years, here are my top six reasons why I believe every drafter should use dual monitors:
1. Drafting speed
Having two monitors simply increases your drafting speed. Rather than switching between different windows in your AutoCAD, you can display your drawings on both monitors. That’s right, forget about that alt-tab shortcut. This also makes cutting and pasting between drawings and files a breeze.
2. Less cluttered desk
Checklists, markups from a client, details, sketches, full size plans, all these items can be displayed on the second screen rather than printing them out. This will keep your valuable desk area free of clutter, thus providing space for important things, like cup of coffee.
3. Save money and environment
Viewing above mentioned documents and files on second screen, will save you in printing cost (paper and
liquid gold printer ink). And while you are saving some money, you are also helping the planet by going paperless. Good job!
4. Following along with video tutorials
Using second screen for video tutorials is as convenient as it gets. Being able to follow along and implement what you learn instantly will save you a lot of time! It also works great with written tutorials, webinars or screencasts.
5. Keeping track of your emails and social media
Having your email and social media accounts open on the second monitor can help you not to miss any important messages and updates. Make sure not to have it there all day though… you do need to get some work done.
6. Low cost
It’s amazing how fast technology is improving! Having a dual monitor set up doesn’t have to drain your budget. For around $200 you can buy a decent monitor. I personally use 23″ SAMSUNG B300 Series S23B300B and they haven’t been giving me any problems.
I would love to hear your opinion. Are you using dual monitors? Why or why not? What other benefits would you add to the list?