74: The Productivity Benefits of a Great Workspace Setup
In this episode, we share our previous work setup, the reason we upgraded and how it’s worked out since the upgrade.
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My Chair -> Buy Now
IKEA White Desk -> Buy Now
Samsung 27″ 4K Gaming Monitor -> Here
So in this episode we share our previous work setup. The reason we upgraded and how it’s worked out since the upgrade.
So in January of this year, my wife and I picked up our lives, we moved to a brand new town that isn’t really as dramatic as making a sound, but moving is always a process. So I had grand plans to build an efficient workspace to record podcast, video tutorials for my YouTube channel, and a space to get client work done efficiently. Fast forward nearly tilam 10 months, and that still hadn’t happened.
I woke up one day and I said no more I’m done. No more sitting on a foldable beach chair that happened. No more sitting on a double stack case of bottled water here that happened too. My back was killing me after an hour or two sitting at my current setup, and no more laptop connected to an old flat screen TV, which is exactly what I had before. It was time to upgrade. And a few weeks ago, I ordered everything I needed. I got a chair, to brand new Samsung 4k monitors. And I spent an entire Saturday afternoon organizing cables, not in power supplies and getting everything exactly the way I wanted it to be.
So I’ve been working for a couple of weeks on this setup. And I’m a little pissed at myself for waiting so long to get it done. Every day, we have moments when we can get something done. We say to ourselves, I’ll take care of it tomorrow. But tomorrow becomes tomorrow, tomorrow. So before you know it, it’s 10 months later, and you still haven’t done anything that was me. That was exactly what happened to me. So this new setup has been an absolute game changer for me and my work, I can sit in this chair for six hours with zero hurt zero body ache, back feels good life is great. But I stay energized because my body isn’t compensating for bad posture. I’m sitting at the right level for the monitors now. So my neck doesn’t hurt either. My wrists fall naturally to the keyboard, so they don’t hurt at all either. So this is a huge win. Feeling good in my setup keeps me focusing on my task at hand rather than the pain in my body. So I don’t think I have to explain how amazing that’s been for my mental well being and for my productivity.
So I have to put together an accompanying blog post over a Keegan Lanier Media.com where you can check out what the setup actually looks like if you’re interested in that kind of thing. Regardless of the work that you do, I want this to be a little nudge for you to make sure your workspace is comfortable, save up a little change that you might have use an app like capital to stash your extra change. By using that roundup savings feature works wonders for me, or they’ve got the 52 week rule, there’s a bunch of different things you can do.
Excuse me, it’s worth doing whatever it takes to get your setup that allows you to function at your best. It just is what it is. You need maximum comfort to be maximally or to maximize your productivity. So I found a huge increase in my efficiency with these two Samsung monitors. So I’m driving them for my 2013 MacBook Pro. So technically, I guess I have three screens if you count the MacBook as well. But I keep project notes, I search for imagery, or have Photoshop open most of the time on one screen while I develop client websites on the other.
If you’ve never worked on a dual monitor, setup and grab any screen, you can and hook it up to test the waters, I can almost guarantee that having a third or second or third monitor is going to make it very difficult to go back to a single screen, I can just tell you having those screens allows for so much flexibility. But there is a point of overdoing it. If you have three, four or five, six, it might be a little too much. I like three and I’ll leave my laptop over on the side and mainly work off of the two large screens.
So to wrap this episode up, I wanted to tell you that I put this process off for way too long because I thought the extra money spent wouldn’t benefit me to a point where it actually made the expensive worth it. Take it from somebody who just spent the money. It’s absolutely worth it. The physical pain reduction makes it worth it alone. Add in increased productivity and a setup that just looks really really awesome. I’ll do it again in a minute. So I can’t thank you enough for hanging out for another episode of Divi addicts, you know, we’ll be right back here next Tuesday. So come back, hit the subscribe button and we’ll see you next week.