Why I went back to one monitor

While the idea that more desktop real estate means higher productivity seems sound, in practice I found it mostly just invited distraction.

The fact is, I can only look at one monitor at a time, so whether I’m turning my head or using a keyboard shortcut, I’m not ever going to be able to see code and output simultaneously without putting those two windows on the same monitor.

So more often than not I just used the extra monitor to keep email or social media open constantly, inviting those things to distract me or, worse, trigger a stress response via peripheral vision.

In short: Mo monitors, mo problems.

Why I went back to one monitor

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