Stand in the Place Where You Work

I am thisclose to completing Draft #3 of The Voyage: Book Two of The Osteria Chronicles and since I don’t want to lose my motivation, this will be a rather short post on following my own advice.

A deadly weapon!

A deadly weapon!

A few weeks ago, i wrote a post on the dangers of sitting. Since writing and working at a computer typically involve long periods of sitting, a desk chair may be as deadly to writers as a Targaryen dragon.

When I wrote the post, I thought, “Geez, I really need to work a little more activity into my day, but I can’t work standing up.” I tried doing a little more yard work, climbing stairs a bit more often, finding random chores around the house, but those all ate into my writing time. I needed to find a way to get off my butt while remaining productive.

Storybook Endings

The problem was my office doesn’t have a good horizontal surface at the right height. I felt like Goldilocks. The desk was too short; the bookshelf was too high. Too short and your back is going to cramp up, too high and your shoulders are going to be left aching from hunching up to type. I thought my butt was destined to spread and my arteries destined to clog.

But destiny changed when I went into the kitchen. Who knew, but my kitchen counters are the perfect height for typing. Plus, I have SO much space to spread out my papers – I just need to clear them away before I turn on the stove! I’ve been doing the majority of my work at the kitchen counter for the past couple weeks and I have to say this Goldilocks is quite happy.

Since switching to standing…

  • I actually feel more productive. I’d always thought I wouldn’t be able to concentrate if I worked standing up, but that has not been the case.
  • I am not dying to take a break. Okay, I still need a break to give my eyes a break and to get my chores done, but I am not rushing through my work just to get up and get moving. I guess this also adds to the productivity thing.
  • I don’t feel brain dead at the end of the day. Again, my eyes are still tired, but I don’t feel sluggish and irritable after a day of revision and writing; I feel energized. This also means I don’t dread having to face the computer the next day and this motivation to work has helped me crank through a good portion of Draft #3.

I know it’s not possible for everyone to stand up and work, especially if you have a disability. Still, if you can stand and you work at home, try out different ares of the house to see if one has that Golidlocks height for you. If you work a “real” job, talk to your boss about a desk that can be raised and lowered as needed. Most aren’t too expensive and could boost your productivity (which is good business jargon you can use in your request).

Do you work standing up? Have you tried it? did you notice a difference? I’d love to hear your comments!

Even R.E.M. wants you to stand….

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