The time has come. Behold!
EDIT: Okay, maybe not quite 'behold'. The photo apparently wasn't loading for a good part of today. It is fixed now however. (I think) *crosses fingers*
My new standing workstation!
Now you might be thinking what my mom said when she saw this: "Why on earth would you want to STAND UP at the computer?!?"
I'm so glad you asked.
It was really more of a mental progression than anything else. It began with a writer named Paul Greci, and his fascinating treadmill desk. (You'll have to scroll down to see the picture.)
Then a month or so later, I saw Scott Westerfeld's new standing workstation on Twitter. "Standing is the new sitting!" he declared.
Suddenly the Internet was littered with stories of writers who had back problems, neck issues, repetitive motion strain. I couldn't go anywhere without tripping over them. And I was having problems of my own.
My previous computer set-up was a small writing desk and a folding metal chair. The angles were awkward, the space was cramped, and there was just no way I could keep from hunching over. I couldn't afford to upgrade to an ergonomic chair, and a new computer desk would be not only expensive, but too big for the room.
I would have bought a treadmill, but again, we're broke.
So one day, I'd had enough. In a fit of inspiration I tore apart our computer room, pulled a bookshelf from the bedroom and stuck the desk in a closet. Two days later, I had a fully functioning standing workstation that cost me exactly ten dollars--the price of a new power strip/extension cord.
It is awesome.
Because the monitor is almost exactly eye level, I can do things like stretch while catching up on my Google reader. My posture is better, I'm forced to take more breaks than I did before, and best of all, standing up cuts down immensely on aimless Internet surfing.
There are a couple of suggestions I would make to anyone doing this.
1.) Make sure to have a rug in front of the computer, and try to wear comfortable shoes. Otherwise your feet can get tired and sore.
2.) It's VERY helpful to have a laptop or spouse's computer to sit at in times of emergency, when you have to check email but just can't stand up another minute. It's also helpful to have a comfy chair nearby for breaks.
3.) The set-up takes a little getting used to. I've gotten to the point where I can do all of my Internet stuff--emails, blogs, research--on this computer without any trouble. But I'm still working on getting used to doing rewrites standing up. (First drafts are always done on my Dana, so that's not an issue.)
It's a bit like exercise, the more you do it, the easier it gets and the better you feel.
Any questions? Comments? Snide remarks? :)