Okay. So for real I will be the first to admit that I had no ambition that I’d still be working from a stand up desk one.freakin.year.later. It’s pretty crazy, right?!
I first converted my office desk to a stand up desk in February of 2014. You can read all about that post by clicking here. At the time I didn’t have the ability to purchase a new desk (well – my company didn’t ;)) – so I worked with what I had. I added a shelf on top of the desk (which was still at the seated height), and then I took the doors off of the hutch of the desk and tucked my monitors inside. Trust me. They fit with no room at all to spare. I also added an anti fatigue mat under my feet – which I adore, and it really helps with my feet feeling as awesome as the rest of me at the end of the day!
In January 2015 when I took a new position working from home, I knew I wanted a stand up desk still. As I worked on designing my space, the stand up desk became the top priority. Now that I’m (mostly) settled into the new job and the new office, I wanted to share my new setup! I have made a video for you guys with all the details of the new office. …But first… how am I feeling about the stand up desk, 1 whole year later? Spoiler alert: It’s still awesome. Let’s look at the pros and cons. I’ll admit, I am stealing a lot of these from my post last February. But they’re still so so true. I have edited them for the new adventure – working from home.
- I feel more energized and less sluggish throughout the day, but certainly at the end of the work day
- I wiggle, walk around, and generally move more during the day. This is a huge plus for working at home – it’s super easy to not move around very much at all when you don’t leave the house. At least I am getting some wiggles out 🙂
- I (still!) find myself doing less distracted-filler tasks. When I’m not all cozy hunched down in my chair, pinterest isn’t as exciting
- My posture is much better. When I’m standing, at least. I have terrible sitting posture. At least now I’m not spending 8 hours a day hunched over.
- My back and neck do not hurt at all. I have shoulder pain, neck pain and lower back pain when I sit all day. Now that isn’t every.single.day.of.my.life
- I get to tell people it’s really really awesome to work from a stand up desk 🙂
- I pee more? Sorry if that is TMI – but have you ever been sitting for a long time and suddenly move and realize you have to pee really bad? When I’m standing, I feel the need almost immediately, and am able to go. (Because standing while needing to pee is unpleasant). So much healthier for my poor-not-awesome-at-working-always-like-and-enjoy-making-stones kidneys.
- Jello – leg – days and Mondays. Hilarious – this was in my “Cons” last year. You know that super sluggish feeling on Monday mornings? After about an hour of stand-up-desk it goes away for me 🙂 I also used to HATE standing after a big workout day when I had jello-ish-legs. Now I am grateful that I move, wiggle, and use my leg muscles, because it means less soreness at the end of the day!
- Figuring out the perfect (fairly cheap) set up for the new home stand up desk wasn’t easy. There are really really expensive stand up desks. And then there are a lot of hacks. I had really limited space. Once I figured it out – it has been awesome. But there were a few days of extreme frustration while I worked on it
- If I stop standing for a few days (feel sick, get injured, etc) it takes me about a week to get used to standing and concentrating again. Over the summer I had to have a procedure done and I didn’t stand for a few weeks. I felt like I had to totally reset my training.
- There is a learning curve. As I mentioned above – concentrating while standing up isn’t easy. You have retrain yourself to do it. When I worked in an office with others, standing made it super easy to get distracted and walk away. I felt like I was constantly “stopping by” my office, and never settling in to tasks. After about 2 weeks of making myself concentrate, that went away. Don’t get discouraged. Push through.
- It is really difficult for me to sit for long periods now. Be it…a car ride, a plane, a long movie or meeting…my back and neck suffer. I also just get sick of sitting.
Okay! So there it is – how I feel after 1 whole year of standing while I work. Are you ready to see the new office?! Tour below…
List of items mentioned in the youtube video description 🙂
Do you work from a standup desk? I’d love to hear about it 🙂
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