I’ve been standing for more than a week, and have received lots of feedback and encouragement. Several people have suggested that I will want to purchase some kind of gel mat to stand on, so that’s on my list.
The gigantic new monitor was finally installed.
I was worried that I was going to have to purchase those acupressure bracelets like people wear on cruise ships in order to ward off motion sickness, but things seem to be fine. On a totally unrelated note, the moment it was installed I minimized the screen and remarked to a colleague something along the lines of, when will I ever need to see documents side by side? Turns out the answer to that question was, in about two hours. I love the width; it’s like the perfect gift, something wonderful that I didn’t even know I wanted.
Meanwhile, let’s take a closer look at what the Speedy Stand Up Desk® has to say about itself. Highlights from the Congratulatory Note (otherwise known as Instructions) include:
- as I mentioned previously, “less commitment than a traditional standing desk.” I’m not sure what a “traditional” standing desk is, but I like that I can easily return to sitting if I want to. The option is there, but as of yet I haven’t needed it.
- purported benefits include increased circulation, increased energy, increased productivity, work smarter, less pain, strengthen your core. The verdict on all of the above is still out.
- my favorite: Limit interruptions! (the exclamation point is mine) “Co-workers may do a double-take at first when they see you standing up. Often they stop to chat, but since you are standing, they will hesitate to sit down. This will shorten those pesky interruptions.” I don’t mind it when co-workers stop by, but this one made me laugh out loud, wondering about the working conditions (and colleagues) of the person who wrote it.
Observations from week two:
1. I’m really enjoying my standing desk.
2. Still tweaking: screen angle and height, mouse position and height, trying to focus on my posture and not favoring one leg over the other/standing at an awkward tilt.
3. Everyone keeps talking about increased energy. I feel good when I’m standing, but so far the moment I sit down (for a meeting, on the bus) I immediately begin yawning and, as was the case last week on the D2, fall asleep. This is the adjustment period I suppose, but I’m waiting for the amazing surge of energy.
4. Re: productivity, when I want to sit down it’s not in front of a computer, so instead of reading Gawker or looking at real estate, since I’m not in front of a screen I can concentrate on other things I need to read or write. That’s been great.
5. I need to stretch more. My lower back and knees get tight from all the standing. Luckily I’m already up, so I just need to take a few steps and then swan dive forward. Thankfully, there are clear instructions for that!