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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. You can find some of the furniture at Ikea, some of the items you may see were also assembled by products from Tradefix Direct.

Here are before and after pictures of my desk.

standing desk

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. I also read that sitting down all day doesn’t help your internal organs any good so I wanted to find a way of preventing these conditions. Sometimes if you sit all day, every day then you can develop lower urinary tract symptoms that can really affect your bladder and urinary tract. This can cause you to need the services of places like Advanced Urology to help cure the symptoms.

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.

Do you think that other people and businesses should invest in standing desks?

It is quite strange to start off with and people say it looks rather odd seeing someone standing at a desk working. However, once I got used to it I did feel much better after working longer desk hours. I think that offices should start implementing this technology into offices because although they might find it strange to start off with. They will get accustomed to the change rather quickly and feel much better. This doesn’t just apply to office jobs though, many people working in the industry sector actually already use stand up desks without thinking about it. Industrial PCs, like ones sold on, do not tend to have a desk or a seat. Instead, the monitor and keyboard are attached to a wall or pole meaning that the employee has to stand up whilst using it! I believe that office jobs need to rethink how they design their desk spaces to keep their employees happy, healthy and productive.

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 workspace. 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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