How many times have you had someone email you, or tweet, one of those “Did you know…?” images that are intended to make you take a stand against something or make some sort of positive change in the world? For example, they might tell you about what it takes to create a bottle of water or how to change your life for the better.
Most people read, agree with others and say, “Wow! That’s unbelievable…that’s something that everyone should be doing and thinking about!” They might even go so far as to print it out and hang it on their door or put it on the lunch table to encourage others to read it and become aware. I’m sure some of you have even done it recently.
But how many of you actually make a change, or do something about what you’ve read? For me, I almost never do anything about it because I’m one of those that print it out and hang it on my door as if it’ll inspire me to change my life.
A few days ago, I was about to print out another called “Sitting is Killing You.” But I didn’t. For some reason it struck me as something I really do need to try. Yesterday, I decided to make a change. I reconfigured part of my desk by raising it up to standing level so that I would be forced to work by standing the entire day. If I was going to make a change then I needed to be serious about it.
Surprisingly, my first day went pretty well and now I’m on day two. Here’s a few things I’ve already discovered in just the first day:
- I had my desk way too low when I first raised it up. My wrists weren’t too happy with me at the end of the day. I’ve raised it higher this morning.
- I’m actually using the keyboard correctly for the first time. My wrists have been elevated and not resting on the table.
- I work better standing. I work faster standing. I feel more productive. When I’m sitting down, I have the urge to slouch a bit which makes me feel less productive. No more!
- The souls of my feet hurt. This can easily be fixed by getting a pad to stand on, or perhaps I should be gellin’.
- Meetings are quickly becoming my best friend—they allow me to sit down.
- Need to stop locking my knees. Pretty typically habit when you’re standing in a line waiting for something and you’re becoming impatient. However, standing for 8 hours a day is much different than a line.
- People around me initially look at me in confusion, but once I explain why I’m doing it, they quickly seem to realize the benefit. Some have even told others and they’re impressed that I’m willing to try it out. That’s a good feeling.
- After standing for two days, I realize now how most of my career I’ve been low-ridin’ at the desk.
I’m not sure what will come of this experiment—will my legs hate me; will I lose a few extra pounds; will I do it permanently and give away my chair?! Whatever happens, I’m glad that I’ve finally decided to take a stand for something.
Here’s another GovLoop post with a lot of great discussion related to standing and working.