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How to optimise your life by having two screens

By Ralph Varcoe

June 15, 2020

productivity hacks

2.6   Two Screens

Productivity hack no.22 from '60 Ways to Hurray! by Ralph Varcoe.


I work on my MacBook Pro 15”. I take it everywhere. The battery lasts for ages and it is really fast to boot up. It’s super easy to use and I love using it. Only, the screen is small, smaller than a single sheet of A4. That makes it easy to carry around but really hard to do serious work on.

I write books (like this one) and blog posts on Accelerate Performance (accelerate-performance.com), as well as work on spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations and client proposals. For all of these I often need to refer to some research, or another document, or a website. On my 15” that means having to flick between screens multiple times while working, which is really quick and easy, but it interrupts the flow and makes everything take that little bit longer.

I also have a 27” iMac which has a super-large screen where I can easily have multiple documents open at the same time. With my MacBook open next to it I have two screens and ample ability to keep all the relevant information in view as I work.

Whether you’re a Mac or PC user doesn’t matter. You can easily set up a couple of screens with your laptop thereby giving yourself oodles of space for lots of relevant things (remember, we want to declutter - section 3.10 - so only have relevant stuff on show).

One added advantage of having two screens (or even just one big one) is that your working posture will be better. Looking down at a laptop screen isn’t brilliant for your neck and shoulders whereas lifting your head to look straight ahead at two (or one) large screen is much kinder to you in the long run.

Do it for efficiency and for health reasons.

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About the author

For over 20 years, Ralph has run sales and marketing teams across large enterprises and smaller start-ups, at companies such as Orange, Tata Communications, Virgin Media, Spirit Ai and others. He brings a wealth of experience in personal and professional development with a laser focus on enabling people to achieve more than they thought possible. He's a published author and musician with a passion for creating - be that change, the right solution, exciting campaigns, the right environment for customers to succeed, or podcasts, videos and written content.

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