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Apr 11, 2019 23:17:21

Changes after using sit-stand desk over a month

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At Feb 20, I wrote a post about making myself a standing desk inspired by oristand desk which could be folded at seconds and change between sitting and standing by moving the computer from the second to the top floor. It's so interesting that this hand made paper standing desk let many changes take place in my daily work.

#1 Work with Pomodoro Timer. How often should I change body gesture to prevent from stay still for too long neither standing or sitting? My answer is about 25 minutes just fit in with my concentration time of Pomodoro Timer. So I make a sit-stand transformation in each end Pomodoro session.

#2 Schedule to drink water. Drinking water before getting thirsty is always a problem for me though my cup full of water is just beside my hand. Now it's simple because I would break my concentration when I make a sit-stand change, picking up my cup and drink some water at the same time is in convenience.

#3 Less time on cellphone. Since I am not tall, so my desk's overall height is 35 cm and the area for computer and keyboard is small. As a result, there is no space left for my cellphone. What an unexpected "side-effect"!

#4 Simple exercise. Besides no space for cellphone, there is more space for simple activities. To be easy in transformation, I replace my large heavy chair with a tiny little one which could be put away under the desk when I am standing up. So the room is large enough to do simple exercises like lifting my arms and stretching my legs in short break before I sit down again.

#5 Active on communication. The last change is not about physical health but mental health. Along with flexible movement physically, I become more active on social friendship. The reason is my mind is refreshed when my position is shifted. 

Conclusively, a sit-stand desk has broken my unchanging conditions both physically and mentally and kept everything of possibility moving on.

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    @5plus6 #1 I tried to use pomodoro but sometimes I feel too short when I concentrated and do not want to break the flow condition. On the other hand, it's sometimes too short to take a break even if I did not make any progress. #3 interesting side effect.

    Hiro avatar Hiro | Apr 11, 2019 11:44:41
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      @hiro I think Pomodoro is not about making progress to break, it's about breaking to make progress. It has taken me half a year to fit the Pomodoro rules, and I failed most of the time before working with a sit-stand change. In other words, instead of sticking on for hours, why not stop and refresh your mind without feeling hurried to think is there a better way?

      5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | Apr 12, 2019 14:06:12
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    @5plus6 Interesting findings! I experienced the same as well back when I use a standing desk. But these days, I prefer to sit.

    macchiata avatar macchiata | Apr 11, 2019 18:25:29
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