Mo Standing, Mo Problems?

Mo Standing, Mo Problems?

Shane BarnhillTuesday,24 June 2014

The Snap:

About two months ago, I installed a standing desk in my office, and gave up on sitting down at work. It felt like a big change at first, especially because my new office configuration became somewhat of a curiosity for co-workers and visitors to my workplace. Everyone stopped by to ask about my reasons for standing, and to ask whether I felt any discomfort from being on my feet all day. Thus, for a week or so, my standing routine felt like a big change.

The Download:

But working at a standing desk is similar to rearranging the furniture in a room. It’s very noticeable for about a week, and then it just feels natural. I don’t really even think about it anymore, and my initial impressions still stand. Overall, I feel more energetic, productive and focused. But there have been a few minor issues, so I’ll list them here as a forewarning for others who are contemplating a standing desk.

First, I started to develop pain in my lower right neck after a few weeks. The pain was almost unbearable. But fortunately, I identified the source rather quickly. My computer monitor, which was positioned down and to my left on the desk, was causing me to work for hours with my head turned at an odd angle. I resolved this issue by moving my monitor directly in front of me, and on top of a box to position it at eye level. The pain went away after a couple of days.

Second, on occasion, I do feel worn out from standing by the end of the day. This is the exception rather than the rule, however, and it’s entirely my fault. I still haven’t installed an anti-fatigue mat in my office, even though I knew in advance that they’re basically a requirement for people with standing desks. However, I just placed an order for the Imprint Cumulus Pro on Amazon after reading The Wirecutter’s pick for the best anti-fatigue mat. With my Amazon Prime membership, it will be delivered this week. Problem #2 solved.

The third problem is by far the strangest one: Sitting down in meetings not only feels awkward to me now, but it’s also downright exhausting. I can feel my energy level drop within minutes after taking a seat in a conference room for a meeting with colleagues and vendors. Every now and then, I’ll take a meeting standing up. But this isn’t always an option.

In summary, while there have been a few issues for me to deal with while working at a standing desk all day, they’ve been relatively minor. If you decide to take the plunge and order a standing desk for yourself, pay attention to your head and neck positioning from the outset, and buy an anti-fatigue mat right away. Lastly, host meetings in your workspace whenever possible, so that meeting attendees can stand with you. I have found that this last tactic reduces the length of meetings considerably — which is almost always a win.

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