Stand Up Desk 30 Day Debrief

Midwest Stand Up Desk Command has been in place for about 30 days now.  Here’s the post that contains the pics, etc.  Here are some key observations.

  1. It took about 2 weeks to get used to being on my feet all day.  I don’t yet have a stool to sit on throughout to mix up the day so I’m using a foot stool and a foam pad (both borrowed from the kid’s playroom).  I still have somewhat fatigued legs at the end of the day…but with the triathlon training I’m doing, that must be a factor.
  2. The standing position feels like I’m "Poised for action and focus" versus "Struggling to find comfort".
  3. My neck, shoulders, and low back are far less stressed and I’m not in that hunched over ball of tension by the end of the day.
  4. I still haven’t figured out how to use the massive landscape of space I have at my disposal.  This desk is 6 feet wide and 4 feet deep.  I think today I’ll begin with some brainstorming on those large flip chart deals vs. on the wall.  I can place two of them side by side.
  5. The shelf under the desk houses a color laser, a multi-function, a server, a UPS, a mixer board and an external HDD.  All of that junk is out of the way yet accessible. 
  6. The desk has a full width drawer that actually extends ALL 4 feet into the desk, i.e. it’s cavernous.  The other 3 drawers house stationary, pens, office junk, and files. 

It has been a great switch to this model.  The old (and very nice desk) gets an occasional use when I sit down to read something.  It feels really good to sit and put my feet up in that context vs. sitting all day.

If you’d like my desk set up, you’ll need a Mayline Drafting Table. (buy used, this one is 20 years old from the city of West Des Moines Public Engineering Department) and the design hasn’t changed and it looks essentially new.  That’s about it.  I’m now searching for the best choice on high stools.  Without going Herman Miller Aeron…I’m stuck with a few lower end choices.  More on that later.

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