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March 22, 2006

Dreaming About Technology

I’ve been jonesing for a second monitor since I moved to California (I had a dual monitor setup in my law office).  Adding a second monitor to your computer can increase work efficiency by leaps and bounds, and is probably the single best technology “tweak” you can make to improve your productivity. 

Now that I’m coming back to St. Louis, and will be setting up a permanent home office, I’ve been on the lookout for a second monitor (or even a third) for my dream technology setup. 

On one monitor, I’d have EverNote on all the time.  I recently rediscovered this great program and have jumped head first back into it.  It is essentially a digital doodle pad that resembles a huge, endless spool of paper.  You can drag and drop nearly anything in to it, and it is an AMAZING note-taking/list-making application.  If you can forego some of the bells and whistles in the $34.95 TabletPC “plus” edition, it is even free.  I haven’t even scratched the surface of what it can do, but I’m already hooked!

On the second monitor (and since this is my dream setup, I’m running three monitors here), I’d have my trusty MindManager Pro with Gyronix’s Results Manager open.  For me, there is simply no better way to flesh out ideas and keep track of them than with this combo of fantastic products.  Pricey, to be sure, but if you pay attention to this blog, I’ll have an announcement soon telling you how you could win both.

On my third, and primary monitor, I’d have Outlook running in the background with my web browser (Firefox) in the foreground.  If you use Outlook, you have to try Anagram.  Outlook seems naked to me without it. 

Once I get the new setup up and running after the LexThink Lounge, I’ll post some pics.

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