Anyhow, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of the idea. I mean come on… standing up all the time… seriously? The claims are that those that always stand are far more productive than those that sit in comfortable chairs.
Kevin Takes Action
Well, a few months after I got back from Japan my friend Kevin Meyer went on this same JKE trip and saw the same thing I did. The only difference is Kevin took action when he got home and scrapped his traditional desk for a stand up desk. It’s now more than one year later and Kevin is still standing.
It’s Now My Time
So, alas, I decided it was time to give it a try myself and this weekend I converted my old desk into a stand up desk.
I used an old shelf I had to hold my monitor and speakers so the only thing on the desk top was my wireless keyboard and mouse.
I used a small hole saw to cut an opening behind the monitor and down towards the floor to hide all the cables which is really nice.
How Did You Do It?
Now, you might be wondering how I increased the height of my desk. Well, my goal was to not spend a cent on this project so I got creative and used two storage crates I already had to hold the desk up.
I know it’s not super professional and I’ll likely find a better solution over the next few weeks… but I didn’t want to delay anymore than I had. And, again, I didn’t want to spend any money until I was convinced this was how I wanted to work for the next 30 years!
So Far So Good
It’s taking some getting used to… especially typing. But my back feels great and I find myself far more focused on what I need to do. So, we’ll see how it goes. I’ll offer some updates from time to time and when (and if) I scrap the crates for something more professional I’ll be sure to let you know!
What Do You Think?
So, do you think I’m nuts? Or are you standing at your desk as you read this? And if you’re sitting could you ever imagine giving this stand up desk thing a try?