If you've been following my Twitter feed recently, I've been experimenting with a stand-up desk, thinking I should try to avoid a sitting position as much as I can... meaning - I shouldn't be sitting 12 hours a day... so after two months I'm still standing:
Here are some of my thoughts on working with a stand-up desk:
- get comfortable shoes, with as soft a sole as possible.
- first week work only 2-3 hours standing max, your legs will feel totally destroyed anyway...
- later try to change positions, move a lot... and work max 4-5 hours standing
That's basically how I work. As I mentioned on the video, I appreciate sitting a lot more now. I love to work in the morning standing, fully concentrated in the "action mode"... and around 1-2 pm unplug the laptop and sit comfortably to answer email or chat via Skype...
I'm suddenly more eager to exercise despite the fatigue
Additional benefit - I'm exercising more eagerly now - the stand up position warms me up to do more exercise. It's really cool. And totally unexpected as my feet feel really tired after I've been standing for quite a few hours.
Anyway, I'm still standing and I'll keep on experimenting with alternating between standing and sitting.
Have you ever tried working standing? What's your experience been?
Michael is an Internet entrepreneur who is running Nozbe, editing the Productive! Magazine, showing off his tips and tricks in Productive! Show, blogging on this blog and writing books, articles for various magazines, speaking at conferences or advising other startups. He's constantly building new, exciting and often secret things.
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