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November 11th, 2010

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09:43 am - ergonomics
A few moves back I got rid of my old particleboard computer desk, because it was breaking down and didn't look to survive another move. I had gotten it used from a friend and it had served a long and useful life with them before coming to me, so I can't feel bad as I got more use than expected out of it.

However, since then I have yet to come up with a happy replacement. I currently use a small lap-table, on the TV-tray model but with the legs arranged so that you can pull it closer in than your standard TV-tray, so that ideally the table is over your lap. This works better and worse with various models of chair and the couch, and until lately seemed like a reasonable solution.

Then came NaNoWriMo, and I am feeling it. Now, I know what to do (and usually do it) in terms of taking rest breaks and getting up/walking around and shifting position, etc. But it's another useful thing to have learned from this year's attempt that I need, if I'm going to be doing steady daily several-thousand-word chunks of writing on a keyboard, a better desk set-up.

Where that will go is hard to guess, but we are still arranging the apartment, furniture-wise, so there are options. Including a computer desk in storage in Bellevue, though it is rather larger than I really need (or have room for). A definite need I have is a good office chair; my old fave disappeared while I was living in California, and I can't honestly complain, since I had included it in the list of things that could be given away as I thought at the time my move there was more permanent. So it goes.

Anyway, even if the novel isn't much at the end of all this, like I said before I'm learning useful things about process.

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Date:November 11th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
I'm fairly fond of my desk, which I got at Ikea.
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Date:November 12th, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
Cue Jonathon Coulton... :) I'll try and remember to ask to take a look at it tonight.
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Date:November 11th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
I can let you try out my standing desk...
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Date:November 12th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
Thanks, but I am afraid standing would just shift the ergonomic issues from my shoulder to my hip... actually I don't really know what a standing desk is beyond what it sounds like, so maybe I am being overly concerned.
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Date:November 12th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
It's just what it sounds like. A desk that is at standing working height for me.

Whether it would be better or worse for you really depends on the exact nature of your ergonomic problems. I started using a standing desk a year ago last spring when I had a gluteal injury that made sitting extremely painful. Then I liked it so I kept it that way.

For me, sitting is often worse than standing. Sitting takes weight off your feet and knees and puts it on your butt. So, in general, I feel like sitting is less hard on the feet and knees and standing is less hard on the torso. But then I feel fairly comfortable offsetting the feet/knees issues by moving around and shifting position.

One thing that works for a lot of people is to have a stool or other high seat that allows them to work at the same desk height whether sitting or standing. That way you can switch off where your weight is, and more movement is good for almost any ergonomic issue.

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