The way you use your time is the way you live your life.
But that’s not what this post is about.
For increased productivity, I’m suggesting that you consider standing up for yourself, literally.
I mean standing up, as in not sitting down!
I recently read an article by Julia Gifford titled ”We Tested Standing Desks—Here’s Proof They Make You More Productive” on read/write.com. The author works for the Draugiem Group and in her article she does a very comprehensive job of exploring the impact of stand-up desks on productivity, as well as on health.
Increasingly, we see these desks appearing at work places, and particularly at high tech venues. And I hear more and more about people, like my VA, who are exploring the use of standing desks.
My VA works primarily at a PC, but does have a laptop at a stand up desk that she uses regularly, to change things up. She notes that it helps a lot, both physically and in terms of focus and energy.
The risks posed by the amount of time that many of us typically spend sitting are being more and more publicized. For example, according to the Mayo Clinic:
Researchers have linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.
Too much sitting also seems to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.
So, purely from a self-care point of view, cutting down on your sitting time is a good idea.
But varying your position and factoring in time for regular breaks is also vital for your productivity. If you simply observe your own work style over time, you are likely to notice points where your energy dips. Tracking those energy fluctuations enables you to plan breaks for times when you truly need them.
We each are unique in our ability to sustain focus, but for those who subscribe to the Pomodoro Technique, for example, regular breaks at about the 45-minute mark are optimal, but your needs may be different. The point is to give yourself what you need.
So, for your health and your productivity, I suggest that you consider building in breaks at regular and frequent intervals – and perhaps consider a standing desk as an option.
As you read this post, have you been sitting for a long time?
I invite you to get up right now and just stretch or walk for a bit.
Standing up for yourself is so important!
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