Category Archives: Random Thoughts

Work Can Wait

Yesterday I was reminded of something pretty important… there are times that work can wait.

I had lunch plans with a former coworker (and now good friend).   We had been trying to do lunch for weeks but work and life always got in the way.

Work was crazy busy, so as I texted to see if we were still on to meet, in the back of my mind I was hoping it wouldn’t work out.   No dice.  He was free and “looking forward to catching up.”

I left the work behind and spent a great hour in conversation with a friend.   It was nice to get away and talk about things other than work.

Here’s the funny thing.   I actually think I ended up getting more done by taking that lunch break.   I returned more focused and my spirits were definitely lifted.

That’s how I was reminded that there are times that work can (and should) wait.  I was also reminded just how important having good friends is.

Is there a friend you need to have lunch with and catch up?

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My Standing Desk

A little over 6 months ago I switched to a standing desk.  It’s been a good experience so far.  Every time someone new walks into my office and sees it for the first time I always get the same questions.  I thought I’d take some time to share those questions and my experience with you.

Here are before and after pictures of my desk.

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Before
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After

Why did you switch to a standing desk?

A lot of what I do requires spending large chunks of time working on a computer.  At the end of most days when I’d get up to leave at the end of the day I’d feel like a slug.   There were times when I wished I could stand so I started researching standing desks.

Isn’t it uncomfortable to stand all day?

I’m not going to lie.  The first 2 weeks were a little rough.  My legs hurt and I was really tired at the end of the day.  With each day that passed it got easier.  Now I don’t even notice it.  I kept thinking about all the jobs and professions where people don’t have the option of sitting.  I figured if they could do it so could I.

Have you lost any weight?  Do you notice any benefits?

Right away I started sleeping better.  It’s because my body was working harder than it previously had.  I’m not really sure if I’ve lost any weight but I can tell you my legs are definitely stronger and I feel much better.

How did you do it?  How much did it cost?

When I first started researching desks I found they could be a bit pricey.  We’re talking a thousand dollars or more.  That’s when I ran across an online article where someone had turned a few things from Ikea into a standing desk.  Something simple that you sat on top of your current desk raising the height of your work space.  It was just what I was looking for and we already had a vacation planned to a city with an Ikea.

I followed the guide buying the Lack Table and shelf at Ikea and the bolts and shelf brackets at Lowe’s.  It cost right around $20 dollars and took less than a half hour to put together.  If you can drill a hole you can do this easy project.

That’s a little bit about my standing desk.  Let me know if you have any questions that I didn’t cover.  If you use a standing desk I’d love to hear about your experience and see pictures of your desk.  Post them over on my Facebook page.

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Adult Snow Day? Yes, Please!

I’m a hard workin’, honest kind of guy.  I’m not calling into work sick unless I’m really sick.  On the very rare occasion that I do, I end up feeling guilty all day about others having to pick up the slack in my absence.

That’s why I’d really love an “Adult Snow Day”… a random, previously unannounced day off to spend at home being lazy and doing whatever I want.   It’d be great if my wife could join me but the kids? They’d still need to go to school.

Do you remember how magical a snow day used to be?  A whole day with endless possibilities.  Snow forts, snacks, dumb TV shows, and video games.  Most importantly, no homework or thoughts of school.

When I was a kid (yes, I realize how old that made me sound) we didn’t have text or email notifications from the school telling us there would be no school the next day.  It wasn’t on the television ticker the night before either.  You had to get up early, turn on the radio, and listen impatiently.  There were a few times I’d know ahead of time but that was only because one of my best friend’s moms drove a school bus.

So what would my Adult Snow Day Look like?  I imagine it would go a little something like this:

9am:  Get up.  Make coffee.  Get back in bed.

9:10am -10:30am:  Stay in bed reading for fun.

10:30am – Noon: Dig out the old Nintendo and play Mario Brothers.

Noon – 12:30pm:  Lunch time!  Make 2 packages of ramen noodles. One just plain noodles and seasoning, the other as a soup.  I have them so rarely I can never remember which way I prefer.

12:30pm – 2pm:  Cheesy old movie time!  I’m thinking Days of Thunder is in order.

2pm – 3pm:  Raid my daughter’s Legos and build the coolest thing ever.

3pm – 3:30pm:  Race to pick up the house before the kids get home from school.   Can’t have them knowing I did nothing all day!

I think everyone deserves a day like this.  A forced day to truly relax and not feel guilty about it.  If I had my own business I think 2 Adult Snow Days a year would be part of the company benefits.

So who’s with me?  Who wants a snow day?  Or, at the very least, a late start or 2 hour early out?

What would you do with your Adult Snow Day?

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