Snow storm! Wow, this is not a normal amount of snow for North Carolina. We got several inches yesterday, so today I dug out my cross-country skis and got moving!
I've had editing deadlines for 8 days straight, so I've been feeling a little cooped up and stir-crazy. I like to stay active because it makes me feel good, but that can be hard when I'm having a busy work week.
I've written previously about the back pain I've been having ever since I switched over to a desk job. I used to be a researcher and worked in a lab on my feet for hours a day, but when I began my editing business I found myself sitting for eight hours a day instead. My back hurt, my shoulders hurt, and I could feel myself ever so slowly gaining weight due to the decreased activity.
Yoga has helped me a lot to deal with the back pain and build stronger muscles, but the silver bullet has ultimately been one really great Black Friday purchase that has made marathon editing and writing just a little more bearable.
Yep, I did it. I invested in a convertible standing desk. I'm actually typing at it right now.
As you can see in the pictures, it raises and lowers, so you can easily switch back and forth between sitting and standing (which I've found is best - if I stand too much, my feet start to hurt).
If anyone's interested, it's actually called the "Halter ED-258 Preassembled Height Adjustable Desk Sit / Stand Desk Elevating Desktop" and it's on an even bigger sale now than when I bought it (d'oh!). I think I got it for $299 (down from $599) on Black Friday, but right now it's on sale for $239!
This is one of those rare purchases I would make again in a heartbeat (and we all know howI feel about shopping). I use it every single day, switching back and forth from sitting to standing about every other hour or so. My back pain has completely gone away and the minor weight gain has been slowly creeping back off again (as it should, slow and steady is the way to go).
So if you have a home office, or you're just looking for a convenient way to incorporate a standing desk into your workplace, I would recommend this standing desk 100%.
You can see from these pictures that the convertible desk is pretty big. There's a lot of room to put your monitor, computer, keyboard, etc. on it. My actual desk is fairly old and narrow (found it on the street years ago), so the convertible desk hangs off it slightly, which isn't ideal, but it's a fairly heavy device and the center of gravity is shifted further back, so it's not tippy at all. Just something to be aware of. The actual base that it sits on is about 23 inches deep and 28 inches wide.
I've gotten to the point where I prefer to work at my desk standing up now. I have to make some minor adjustments in the raised position to the height of my keyboard using some books, but it's really not a big deal. And I don't know, that might just be me. I seem to have issues finding a desk that fits my size.
Is this an issue that other women have? I feel like most desks are designed for a man. So for example, I've always had to use a little foot rest, like this one, beneath my desk so my legs don't dangle from the necessary raised height of my chair. (As you can see in the images, I still have to use the foot rest when I'm sitting.) It makes me feel like an old lady, but it's better than getting sciatica, which will REALLY make you feel like an old lady (I speak from experience).
Anyway, the desk struggle is real, which is why I thought it was worth it to invest in a convertible standing version. It helps make writing/editing feel less sedentary. Also, and I don't think this is a coincidence, but I've been writing more since I started using it. Based on that alone, I'd call this purchase a win.
Have you ever used a standing desk? They are surprisingly addictive. A few years ago, my Dad got one that doesn't raise or lower (it looks like this) and he swears by it. I think that version is less expensive too. Maybe a nice way to give it a try.
Writing Streak: 3 days
My Books on Amazon:
Waking Lions by Avelet Gundar-Goshen
Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishiguro