Angela and I met a few years ago in a professional group and while we weren’t in the group together for very long, our paths would cross again thanks to the ConvergeSouth conference – which she’s now a part of as well!! We both have teen daughters and whenever we’re together, somehow the topic always turns to the joys and angst they may (or may not!) be putting us through! Angela owns her own marketing company which means something else we have in common is the amount of time we’re on our phones, laptops or our butts. Which is why I thought this was a great post to share with you guys. Just make sure you read it standing up…
Sometimes, you come across a product that makes your everyday existence better. For some people, it may be a brand of coffee they make each morning. For others, it is the perfect pillow for getting a good night’s sleep.
For me, it was something quite unexpected.
Actually, that’s not entirely true. I had a sense that when I purchased this item, it would be an improvement for me. And I do realize that saying something “changed my life” sounds a bit dramatic. But the truth is, I really underestimated the improvement this product purchase would bring.
I’ve had lower back pains off and on for much of my adult life. While not completely debilitating, it’s still been a hassle, and I knew that sitting at a desk for long stretches of time was not good for my back (science has proven this). I would find myself getting up and walking around just to get a break from the hours of sitting. I had a pretty decent desk chair and a lumber pillow, but I felt like I could do better.
Thanks to my sister, I was right.
One day, she mentioned that she had purchased something I had been considering but not that seriously. And she loved it. And it was not expensive. And there was no assembly required! (very important to this spatially person) So I ordered it from the same website where she purchased hers.
I’m talking about a stand up desk.
To be specific, what I purchased was something I could sit on top of my office desk that would allow my workspace to convert from using my laptop while sitting to using it while standing. The company that makes these stand up desks is called Varidesk. I purchased one of the Compact Series models, since I have a laptop and a small office desk.
The box arrived and true to expectations, I did nothing but remove it from the Styrofoam packing and set it on top of my desk. Voila – I was ready to go!
What I love about my stand up desk
For starters, standing is great! My Varidesk adjusts to multiple levels and puts my laptop at the perfect height for comfortable work. I have room for my mouse and even a pencil cup on the flat, upper surface. And I enjoy standing a great deal – I sometimes even feel like I’m more productive standing than sitting.
Sitting is great too! When I get tired of standing, converting the desk involves holding two clamps and pushing the upper surface down. I didn’t realize this when I bought it, but the lower part of the Varidesk has a slide-out tray. So I simply move my laptop down to the lower level, slide out the tray and then I’ve got the right space and comfort level to work while sitting.
I find myself alternating positions throughout the day. It’s been great having the flexibility to either sit or stand and get all my work done. My back has never felt better. The only thing that would be more awesome for me than a stand up desk is a treadmill desk, where I could combine exercise, work AND standing for my back!
For now, I’m going to enjoy the perks of working vertical…until my sister calls about that treadmill desk….
Update! They say timing is everything…and I guess mine was good. Right after the original posting of this blog in early February, I started to see television commercials for – you guessed it – the Varidesk. It seems that my decision to speak up about my stand up desk experience coincided with Varidesk’s advertising plan! And just last week, NPR did a brief news segment on stand up desks. So I’d say the buzz about stand up desks is in full swing.
About Angela – Angela Levine has over 25 years marketing experience and has been a partner at Connect Marketing for the past four years. Her company specializes in content marketing, including content creation for email marketing, blogs, websites, social media, print and more.