This post was written when I lived in Canada. I had decided to try an experiment with a standing desk and changing my location to fit in with the seasonal changes. I still own and use the standing desk equipment now that I live in the UK, despite having an immovable, dedicated office and less seasonal extremes. This equipment now includes: the HumbleWorks stand and the Roost stand.
During the summer I move my office downstairs. It is cooler and when there are fewer people in the house, it makes it easier to balance working with the demands of the dogs.
When I moved back upstairs at the end of the summer, I decided to experiment with a standing desk. After reading Jen Hofmann’s post about a similar experiment, I realized that I also had adjustable legs on my desk so it didn’t cost me any money.
The maximum height of the legs wasn’t quite right so I added that wooden box to raise the screen and used the shelf that previously held the screen for the keyboard. As you can see, I have a stool to use if I need to. Writing longhand is more comfortable seated at the stool.
I haven’t been doing this for long but I’d noticed a few things already.
- I move around more while I work.
- I can stretch while I read things on screen.
- When I need to read things I am more likely to take the iPad and go sit in an armchair.
I’m hoping this set-up also helps prevent the tendency to float around on Facebook, Twitter, and various blogs instead of actually taking a break when my brain is telling me I need a break.
My sewing machine and craft area is to my right in the same room. I’m hoping it will be easier to switch activities as I already know this is good for my productivity.
Update: The experiment was successful and continued. I bought a different seating option (still in the breakfast bar stools section of IKEA). It took a while for my feet, calves, and hips to get used to the new routine but I am definitely much better for it and love this set up.
Edited May 31, 2016.