I’ve thought about getting a second monitor in the past but just couldn’t get myself around it, I wasn’t 100% convinced it would be utilised. Especially as I’ve had a desktop iMac before and I’ve always ended up using my MacBook instead, but I suppose those are 2 separate things and don’t really work together in terms of increasing my workspace real estate.
When the pandemic started, I heard many friends who got forced to work from home scrambling to get themselves a second monitor. I was told that all the good ones are out of stock and prices for second-hand monitors on sites like Gumtree were hiked up. Had people started to grab themselves a second monitor on their trips to stock up on excessive amounts of toilet paper?
My team and I are based in a coworking space in London and what became apparent since the pandemic started was that more people were opting to working from coworking spaces and many that joined us had a second monitor (some even had three, flash gits). Seeing this, I finally managed to get myself to look into getting a second monitor for work…well to be totally honest, I kind of asked one of the guys in the office where they got there’s from, and then just ordered the same. I figured it was a decent brand, the screen quality looked good and he was one of the 2+ monitor guys, so he definitely knew a good monitor when he saw one.
I must mention I got a pretty good deal as well, previously it was on Amazon for around £160, I picked it up for just £89.
Advantages of a second monitor
From years of working on my laptop and looking down, I forgot what a pleasure it is to be looking upright, straight at my lovely new monitor. I felt the benefits of having a second monitor straight away, not only was it improving my work posture from a slouching buys creature to an upright purpose-built working machine, but it also gave me the extra screen space to help me be more productive. I currently use a ClickUp which is a great and super affordable way to manage my workload and my team, by having a second monitor I am able to have my ClickUp dashboard with all my tasks loaded up all the time.
Other advantages of having a second monitor are, I look pretty flash and I’m one of the second monitor crew members now. Sometimes, I just leave it on with some analytics on there just to make it look super cool. I even got one of them bendy monitor arms to swivel the screen around, just in case I decide to sit in random places around the desk to work.
Pandemic or not, I now get the appeal of having a second monitor on my desk. It makes sense and I might even go for a third one just for equilibrium of my desk. No doubt lockdown has been a catalyst for the number of people opting to add extra monitors to their workspace setup, which for me makes 2020 officially the year of the second monitor.