Welcome to 2015! For many of us, today is the first real workday of the new year. I always enjoy the “clean slate” feeling of starting a new year, and I’m usually eager to make some tweaks and changes to how I operate.
Some of those changes are simply about breaking some bad habits (e.g., no more chocolate-covered Pringles after 11PM), while others are about creating some new, better habits.
Getting butts *out* of chairs
As the svelte and savvy Porter Anderson observed in this excellent WU post, a popular health trend for writers in recent years is the standing desk. After all, with studies like this, this, and many others all pointing out the health risks inherent in sitting for prolonged periods of time, the age-old writer’s mantra of “butt in chair” can start to sound like a death sentence for some of us.
Case in point: I’m an admittedly sedentary person. I spend the majority of my day sitting at a keyboard, either working on my next Pretty Good American Novel, or trying to persuade my clients to avoid using terms like “incentivize” and “thought leadership” in the corporate speeches and presentations I write for them. As a result, it’s safe to say my chair and my butt have been getting more than enough quality time together. So I decided to do something to change that in 2015, and I’m happy to inform you that I’m typing this post at my new standing desk.
Fear of commitment
I held off on this move for a couple of years. For one thing, switching to a standing desk can be an intimidating commitment to ponder. I mean, what if I hated it? And most of the decent standing desks are pretty big, so where the heck would I put the thing if I actually took the plunge and ordered one? Plus, most of the options I was finding were awfully expensive, making this an even riskier venture to consider.
In keeping with my historic cheapskatedness (hey, it might be a word), I began looking for a workaround. After checking out some of the commercially available standing desks (focusing particularly on ones that go on top of your current regular desk), I started varying my search terms, and soon struck gold. For just 42 bucks, I found a solution that lets me try out this whole standing-desk thing with minimal investment of money or space. [Read more…]