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Improving Productivity (With Science) 208

An anonymous reader writes "It's common knowledge that multiple monitors increase productivity, but there isn't actually any research to support that assertion. However, studies have shown that there are a few simple tweaks to the work environment that do increase productivity. Among them: use high temperature light sources and keep office plants."
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Improving Productivity (With Science)

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  • by BlackEdder ( 1220942 ) on Thursday March 24, 2011 @01:31PM (#35600852)
    Some googling turned up a description of 3 studies (the fourth actually doesn't look at dual monitors) [] Maybe not high quality research, but they all show an increase in productivity due to a second monitor
  • Re:On the contrary (Score:4, Informative)

    by hedwards ( 940851 ) on Thursday March 24, 2011 @01:37PM (#35600970)

    I think the issue with the assertion is that it only applies to certain types of work. It's amazingly handy for somebody working on photo manipulation or graphic design to have one monitor showing the whole image and perhaps the toolbars and the other showing just the region that is being worked on.

    Likewise it can be really helpful for a receptionist to have an email program going on one monitor and a word processing program going in the other.

    With the advent of large monitors, a better solution for the latter would probably be to have a decent utility to split up the main screen, but I've yet to see one that really did a very good job of splitting one monitor into multiple logical monitors. X seems to do the best job, but there's complications there and that doesn't apply to Windows anyways.

  • Re:Uhhh (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 24, 2011 @02:13PM (#35601546)

    You seem to have been fooled by the fictional "heat lamps" mentioned in police bust reports. This is a blatant lie aimed at tricking people into ineffective grows. Cannabis grows fine at room temperature and overheating is a much bigger problem than cold for indoor grows. The less heat, but more light, the better.

    The real lights used are high pressure sodium, with a low color temperature for best vegetative growth, and metal halide, with a higher color temperature for best flowering. If somebody is using only one type of light it will be the low color temperature high pressure sodium. Fluorescent lighting is also usable for small scale grows but is less efficient.

  • Music (Score:5, Informative)

    by jomama717 ( 779243 ) <> on Thursday March 24, 2011 @02:37PM (#35601980) Journal
    I wish they had done some studies about the effects of music on productivity. I have some of those very nice Bose headphones and by far my most productive hours are spent wearing them.

    Any music that I am able to "zone out" to will do, classical, jazz, techno - usually long tracks with many subtle transitions.

    Granted I am a programmer, and listening to music while working is perfectly reasonable while it may be totally unacceptable for others.

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