My One-Year Stand

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In recent years, so much has been written about the consequences of inactivity at the office. We’ve all heard about the health risks. Plus, being bound to a desk isn’t the best way to sustain inspiration. So, we’re seeing a lot of ideas rise up to challenge tradition. I love it. The image of a modern workplace is being redrawn and our actions will help define it.

Over the past 12 months, my best ideas were born while I was standing up. Last May, I bought a LACK side table at IKEA, assembled it, set it on my desktop, then raised my keyboard, mouse and monitor to the new height. Eight bucks — and 15 minutes — later, I had a legit stand-up desk. At first glance, it looked pretty odd, but the dimensions were perfect for a person of my height.

After an initial two-week trial, my feet ached. My posture was terrible. But since then, I’ve learned to take sitting and walking breaks throughout the day, wear comfortable shoes, keep a gel mat under my feet and just tough it out.

If you’ve considered making the switch, I say go for it. Here are three ways I think a stand-up desk will positively affect your work life:

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It offers a different perspective when you need it. Visual details are critical in our work and sometimes it helps to physically step back from the screen to REALLY see something.

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It pushes the nervous energy out. I find myself shifting my weight a lot, fidgeting and tapping my feet. If you listen to music while you work, moonwalkin’ is always an option too.

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It forces you to roam. Standing in one spot for 10 hours a day will wear anyone out, no matter who your yogi is. Splitting my day between different workstations is the best part of having a stand-up desk. With a laptop, notebook or smartphone, we can be productive almost anywhere. It could be the nearby bistro, park bench or just a cozy room in your office building.

Do you have a favorite working setup or new office routine? Tell us about it.

 

Read more about Brian’s personal challenge in the Business Observer.

 

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