Friends, I have a confession to make.
In November of 2009 I wrote about my new stand up desk. I was quite proud of how I’d managed to prop an old desk up on some crates… I guess you could say I definitely used my wits over my wallet!
Well, as it turns out, I simply couldn’t adapt to that darn desk and those crates were removed within a few weeks and I sat at several different desks for the next 5 years.
New Studio Brings New Opportunities
This brings us to present day and I’m excited to announce that I’ve been officially “standing” for the entire month of January 2014.
The Gemba Academy team and I have been busy building a new recording studio in the DFW area. All future “studio” Gemba Academy videos will be recorded in this new space.
Additionally, I, and 3 Gemba Academy team members that live in the DFW area, will office out of this space.
With this said, I’ve used this new opportunity to give a new stand up desk another try and I’m happy to say I’ve done much better this time!
My New Set Up
My business, Kevin Meyer, has been a long time stand up desk proponent, which allowed me to essentially copy his set up.
Here’s what makes up my current workspace (click picture above to enlarge):
- Adjustable Desk Base from Ergo Depot
- Galant Desktop from IKEA
- 13” MacBook Pro from Apple. Note: I use a 27” iMac when working from my home office.
- Twelve South BookArc Pro Vertical Stand
- 27” Thunderbolt Monitor from Apple
- Wireless Keyboard & Mouse from Apple
- Cisco VoIP Phone
- Plantronics C540 Wireless Headset
- Heil PR40 microphone
- Heil PL2T Boom Mount
I mounted a surge protected power strip to the back of one leg in order to plug everything in and neatly hide wires.
The Initial Struggle
Now, truth be told, my legs did ache a bit the first week. But I fought through it and now feel no pain and, actually, love standing.
I can’t explain why… but I am far more productive standing up. It’s almost like sitting in a comfortable chair allows me to get too relaxed and lose focus.
And while I do love this new desk… it can be better.
Since we’re in a recording studio being able to quickly rearrange things is important… so I plan to add wheels to the desk making it easy to move.
And since I only have to plug one thing into a wall (the power strip) once I have wheels installed I’ll be able to roll the desk anywhere.
Do You Stand?
What about you? Do you also stand up while working at a desk? If so, what is your set up?
And if you currently sit… what are your thoughts on trying to stand up while working at your desk?