Taking Charge of My Desk

Sitting 2 hours straight, typically without a break, my legs start cramping up or going numb. Hips aching. Lower-back stiff. A moment of light-headed sensations as I stand up for another break. Back in the corporate grind, I spend a lot of time sitting at a desk, staring at my monitor. When I reach my Flow, I can spend hours without a single break and get a lot of work done. However, this is probably to the detriment of my health.

When I requested an adjustment to my desk so that I may stand and work, this outrageous idea was met with resistance and blatently told it could not happen. I should have whipped out this article about how sitting at a desk can KILL YOU.

Determination set in.

During lunch, I zipped out to a local store and bought a small, adjustable wire shelf to bring my laptop up to elbow level. It only cost me $17 and 20-minutes of my time.


Standing Desk

I’ve already had two fellow employees compliment my idea.

This isn’t the first time I’ve had a standing desk. I worked this way while at KLC some years ago and at home while I was a student. It’s a little tiring at first you have to be on your feet for so long, but my feet have strengthened and my hips are so much happier.


Standing at Work


I no longer feel chained to my desk, slouched over a glowing rectangle.

Hopefully, this won’t make too many waves.

Or, perhaps it should?

Please note: I am not unhappy with my current employer(s) and wish to keep them anonymous. Please don’t rip on them. Rip on “The System”. I will not be expensing this DIY project.

Categories: DIY, Life

1 reply »

  1. Human beings didn’t evolve to sit on our asses for long periods of time. Also, studies have shown that people who sit all day at work tend to come home and do the same thing. Not to mention most people sit in a car, bus, train to/from work.

    All companies should be concerned about the health and welfare of their employees. The ability to work standing up or to walk around is key to being healthy, awake, energized. All things that should improve the quality of people’s work.

    And why shouldn’t we be able to “critique” our employers, their policies, and practices? We’re so beholden to them for our livelihoods. Shouldn’t they have some responsibility for our health and well being while we’re at work?

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