Is it time to stand up?

Home-made standing desk - It even folds away at the end of the day. At the left is a sitting desk, but I tend to use this merely as a dumping ground.
Home-made standing desk – It even folds away at the end of the day. At the left is a sitting desk, but I tend to use this merely as a dumping ground.

Following a conference on Home-Work at the Geffrye Museum, I began thinking again about my own home workspace. Returning to my desk after a period of illness/injury, I found that sitting – despite my fancy office chair – was highly uncomfortable and, for a while, I simply put up with it. Then I discovered a folding seat attachment which helped, but alas I could still not sit for very long without a headache appearing. I’d been looking at standing desks for quite some time, but with the often large price tag I decided to make one myself – or rather fashion one out of a shelving unit. Having done this, I’m now kicking myself as to why I didn’t do this sooner!! Working standing up makes a huge difference to my day, while I am not pain free there has been a noticeable difference in my back/neck and my headaches have significantly reduced.

Aside from this, I’ve found various other benefits to working standing up, the most noticeable difference being concentration. There is something about working in such a way that it seems to keep you on the job in hand, with only occasional breaks to catch up on twitter, the news etc. It also encourages you to take regular breaks, as your legs can only stand for so long and while I stretch my legs for five minutes its gives me opportunity to reflect on what I am working on.

I’m intrigued now by other people’s workspaces- how many #twitterstorians out there are standing up right now?

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  1. McLarenJen says:

    Hi Vicky, after watching an episode of the BBC’s ‘Trust me, I’m a Doctor’ which investigated the physical benefits of standing for a few hours’ work each day, I have made my own standing-up desk arrangement too, and it is definitely working well. I agree on the concentration improvements, and alleviating aches and pains. I hope that the BBC’s conclusions about blood-sugar levels & calorie burn prove correct for me too!

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