“Umm, my name is Gloria Wise and I have my own biz so I work from home. Sort of telecommuting. I need help with setting up my workspace at home so that I donh’t feel like I’m “working remotely seperated from the whole world.” I am looking to finally set up my space that I’ve never had and always wanted. And then, I look at the magazines I still cannot figure out where to start. You know, it all looks great in the pictures, but when I start putting things together I get lost.”
This kind of call I get quite often and it instantly resonates with me. An inspiring home workspace makes your day into a miserable, tiresome drag or lifts you up.
Because if you aren’t comfortable at your workspace, sooner or later your body will be crying for help and you will be as sad as poor old Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. So, to help you to avoid this grim fate I’m prepared to guide you in your journey of making your home office (or any workspace) into your favorite spot.
But first, let’s talk about HEALTHY BASICS. Oh, I forgot.. As an interior designer I’m expected to talk about furniture and drapes, right? Well, yes and no. I’m a strong believer that it’s as important to feel good as to look good. Besides, if things feel awesome they’ll be beautiful anyway.
Are you sitting at your desk all day? Don’t!I was that woman who spent countless hours at my desk consumed with my design work, totally absorbed.That was until my lower back protested. One day I was standing in the middle of the living room screaming my head off from excruciating pain. One epidural later I learned my lesson. Since that time I made some changes and always encourage my clients to do the same. If you want a healthier body and more focus and productivity you have to get a COMBINATION of things right.
And these things are:
- Good body positioning
- Sit- Move-Stand routine
Above is a chart from The Human Solution site, a company that helps calculate ideal configurations for the location of your desk, chair, and keyboard. It takes only a minute to learn your own by putting in your height. Click here to calculate. Now you’ll know your correct dimensions to adjust your desk and chair.
Healthy balance between sitting, moving and standing
It’s nothing new that sitting for a long time is bad for you. No wonder Thomas Jefferson, Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe worked standing some part of the day. Today, most companies like AOL, Google, Twitter, Facebook and hundreds of others are required to provide sit-stand options.
Many studies show that sitting for a long time causes health problems.
In his book GET UP! Dr. James Levine! shows the facts connected with potential health issues connected to sitting for too long. That’s enough for me to be convinced of the merits of standing for at least part of the day. On the other hand, altering sitting and standing routine promotes better health. Not only that. It’s proven that you’ll get less of the 3 o’clock slump, and you’ll avoid the dreaded food coma. As a result, your mind won’t drift, your eyes won’t droop, and you can get through your day without experiencing an energy roller coaster.
You will be more productive if you get into a habit of moving around every so often.
If you’re sitting right now while reading this, please get up and move around.
Feels better? I thought so.
You are not designed to go through the day, nonstop, without resting. Some productivity researchers suggest working in a 90-10 rhythm. Ninety minutes of highly-focused work, ten minutes of rest. This mimics your natural rhythm — a natural cycle of effort-rest-effort-rest that your body is already doing while you sleep and when you’re awake, even though you’re not aware it’s happening. Find whatever kind of flow feels good for you, whether it’s ninety minutes of work and a ten-minute pleasure break, or three hours of playtime followed by two hours of work, or whatever you want.
Here are some of the examples of Sit-stand desks solutions:
1. The UP Track Sit/Stand Desk by Stand Steady.
2. Crank Adjustable Height Standing Desk by Stand Up Desks Store.
3. Cardboard Sit- Stand Desk by Fastcoexist.com
4. Standing desk solution using IKEA products: 1. Vika Amon table top, 2) Vika Byske legs, 3) Capita bracket; 4) Lack wall shelf.
Focal Locus Chair and Desk. Locus collection. Giving you the support you need to take on any task with confidence and comfort.Provides a stabilized base and opens your hips at a 135-degree angle.-Pivoting seat leg works with your body – empowering you to move effortlessly all day long.-Keeps you energized – inspired and in the zone.
Tell me, what are your challenges when telecommuting or working remotely?
What would be your steps to achieve a healthy balance at home
P.S. Need more inspiration? Beyonce- Dance for You.
Not Beyonce fan? Michael Jackson- Workin’ Day and Night.
Please post your questions here below. I’ll be happy to help you!