Time to go home.
The sound of two dozen ladies at an office baby shower.
Drawing with intense focus in Joanna’s office.
My new cube.
A cubicle with a window is a rare and wonderful thing. And, after a five-month hiatus, the standing desk is back! I am pleased.
Last week, Kyle sent me this article with the frightening title, “Is Your Office Chair Killing You?”
According to the article, yes, my office chair is trying to kill me. As the piece points out, even if I were very active after work (which I am not), sitting in a chair for eight hours every day puts me in the couch potato category.
Long on problems but short on solutions, the article left me seeking answers. They cite a study that showed that standing workers are better off than sitting workers. My mind began to put together this idea of a standing workstation.
King Solomon lamented, “There is nothing new under the sun,” and stand-up desks are no exception. In researching my fabulous new idea, I learned that Winston Churchill used a standing-height desk, although curiously, in every picture of Churchill at a desk, he is sitting down. Donald Rumsfeld is less shy about his standing habit:
Other famous standers include Earnest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, and Thomas Jefferson.
Since my cubicle desk is on shelf-like adjustable hangers, I asked our office administrator if I could raise my desk. His answer was no. “If I raise your desk, I will be forcing you to stand, giving you an unfavorable work atmosphere. Besides,” he said, “do you know how heavy those things are?”
Using his logic, isn’t he forcing me to sit? My suspicion is that he thinks it’s a weird idea and doesn’t want to go to the trouble. For now, I am working in planned breaks to walk around the office building and go up and down the stairs. But I will not give up my
life-long week-long dream of a standing desk. I will persist. I will not take this sitting down.
Those with a Desk Job, Please Stand Up
The New York Times
Can’t Stand to Sit Too Long? There’s a Desk for That.
The New York Times Blog
Stand Up While You Read This
Harvard Medical School
Stand up for your heart