About a year ago, I read this article in the new York Times Magazine (“Is Sitting a Lethal Activity?) and decided I should build myself a standing desk. In cubi-land. I can’t say I’m the most popular — both because of the oddness and because I co-opted many reams of paper — but I am happier, and more productive.
I generally agree with LifeHacker’s assessment, and yes, it’s true that you’re not really standing all day. Meetings, reading, and inadvertent plops into my chair all make it a lot easier to convince people that you really do stand all day in 3″ heels.
And I’m not kidding about the heels. They’re bad-ass.
Even though my co-workers remain uninspired, having a standing desk has been fantastic for me
- My back and hip pain that had kept me from running is gone
- I’m far more awake during the day
- Without knowing it, I fidget constantly, which makes me more productive. I think.
- I have much better posture. I think.
- I never have awkward sitting-talking-to-standing conversations with people who drop by
- People don’t really drop by
- I’m really hungry all the time
- It’s kind of unsettling for the people who sit next to me
- I am far more impatient about sitting during the day/in class but…
- …I can sit contently for a solid four hours on the Internet at home
- Now I want to buy a real standup desk because…
- …people are constantly eyeing my paper.
Anyway, this is a ringing endorsement of standing-desk-dom, in case you weren’t clear. There are tons and tons of way to make it happen, both on the cheap and on the $$.
Here’s my dream (on sale for just $1,600!):
Here’s the more likely option ($70…):
This definitely won’t happen:
And this might, at my peril: