I courageously made the decision to convert my desk into a standing desk a mere two to three months ago. I had slowly watched a teammate or two at a time transition, and my will to remain seated wavered as they sprouted up around me.
Granted, my version of a standing desk is what others might call a bit perfunctory. Instead of going through the sweat-inducing, blood-pumping task of disassembling and rebuilding my desk from the ground up, I simply placed a turquoise wooden shelf on top of my desk, and set my computer and all its appendages on top of it.
In my venture, I concluded two things:
- My standing desk was straight-up cute.
- I’m never going to sit again.
The decision to convert my traditional desk to a modified standing took place at the end of the day on Friday, so I left for the evening without getting a chance to try it out. Smart move on my part, as I did not have to immediately come to terms with the consequences of my actions.
When I returned to my desk Monday morning, it was a happy little surprise to see my bright blue standing desk awaiting my willing and ready verticality. I stepped up to the bed I had made and started to type up some emails.
Here is what I learned in the first 45 minutes of standing:
- Surface Area is a precious commodity that is often overlooked.
- It’s crazy how your weight rests on only two small feet.
- I’m never going to stand again.
So how is it that here I am, at least two months later, still standing tall?
- Surround yourself with other standers. Standing becomes fun when there is a sense of camaraderie.
- Don’t just stand…dance. Breaking into spontaneous dance is so much easier when you start at a standing position. It’s also a natural mood lifter.
- Take breaks. Standing does not have to be all or nothing. Go to a demo room. Poach a chair off a teammate.
- Reward yourself. Have that cookie. You’re a stander. You’ve burned/earned it.
- Take notice of how much your posture has improved!
- Go to a concert and see how resilient you are to standing against the stage, front and center.
So if you are considering a standing desk, but are a natural sitter like myself, think of these tips and decide whether or not you are ready to make a stand.
Alex L. is a Customer Success Advocate who enjoys sunshine and bicep curls.