In my November note, I said there would be a piece on my new stand desk. Why did I do it? Fad? Physics? Productivity? Let me take you on a short journey…
My old office arrangement, even when I had cleared most of the clutter still looked, well . . .
– – cluttered.
I had recently finished working with a couple who worked from home. She had build a rigid standing desk and loved it. He was building one for himself. They were both enthusiastic for them. They had many positive things to say about them. I became curious.
I saw a Kickstarter campaign to build a reasonably price standing desk that could be both – a sitting desk and a standing one. The campaign was very convincing – lots of studies extolling the benefits of a standing desk.
Research was needed.
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Sitting is the new smoking.
What began as a curiosity has provoked a great deal of studious inquiry. Results?
• Reduced risk of obesity
• Reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes and other metabolic problems
• Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
• Reduced risk for many kinds of cancer
Wow! And that’s just what the Smithsonian Magazine reported. (March 26, 2014)
Sitting six hours a day ups he death rate by 20% for men, 40% for women!
That’s scary while some other research says otherwise, but the consensus indicates we should be standing/walking at least 2 hours a day and then work up to 4.
OK – I got into the Kickstarter campaign and got my desk a couple of months ago.
I had to rearrange my office.
Time to declutter.
Pounds and pounds of files into the trash, Scan others.
4 file drawers to 2.
Fewer printers, fewer everything.
And the result?
What a difference! Take a look just at the top:
No, I don’t stand all the time, but I’m standing more and more and sitting less and less. I find not only has the simplification made me more focused, but much more productive. I love the top – it’s bamboo, my favorite building material.
You can jerry-rig a standing desk for yourself and try it. I like mine because I can take it up or down, and stop it any place that suites me or my arms or my chair (all at the touch of a button.) A programmer friend just bought himself one that uses counterweights to go up or down. He has a bit of a weight problem, so this is going to be good for him as well! And a major client I just worked with we designed his office so not only could he have a standing desk, but combine it with a treadmill!
If you want to see the one I bought, (also because I support new companies) go to
If you do try one, or have one, what about sharing? Post a comment. And I’ll stand for it!
Oh – Happy holidays too!