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Standing Desks: What I've Learned
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JohnHMorris
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JohnHMorris,
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11/14/2014 | 12:53:47 PM
Standing desks are great . . .
Hi Chris, very nice article on the topic of standing desks. FYI I've been one for a year, and totally "swear by it". It's not hard to do, but the real value is only apparent when I do some work sitting down.  Compare "getting up from a chair" to "walking away from a desk".  The difference is profound.  (My kit consists of an Ikea table with lots of space on top of an adjustable Metro chrome wire shelving cart, i.e. with wheels.  And then four moniitors.)

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zerox203,
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6/24/2014 | 4:24:46 PM
Re: Standing Desks
I was surprised to see that the articles you linked were from 2013, and 2011, respectively (and some of the research was even older), Chris. Not because I think there's anything wrong with that, but simply because I was ready to call the standing desk a fad. Seeing the date on those articles, though, reminded me that the first time I heard about the standing desk was way back in 2010... and even then, it was someone writing about it as though to say 'okay, I'm finally jumpong on board this wagon.' Maybe I have to accept that it's more than a fad after all.

It's hard to argue with the logic in some of the research on the runner's world article. Increased risk of Colon cancer? Sure, you're putting pressure on your colon all day. Still, I retain a healthy dose of skepticism for linking it to everything from depression to Lung cancer, even when dissociated from exercise. The fact that the researchers all said the same things almost verbatim leads me to think it would be pretty easy to cherry-pick these kinds of results either way. Nevertheless, Chris, your thoughts on the productivity gains are much appreciated, Chris. Maybe I'll have to give the standing desk a try.
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glenbren,
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6/23/2014 | 1:14:17 PM
Re: My standing desk experience
There are health risks that go along with standing all day, just as there are with sitting all day. I wouldn't choose one over the other but rather a balance of the two. If you don't have a choice but to sit at a desk all day, at least try to get up often to walk around and/or do some stretches. A walk around the garden satisfies that requirement and clears the head too!
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6/20/2014 | 4:59:50 PM
Re: My standing desk experience
For thinking, I guess I'd need a walking or driving desk. Seems I get my best ideas when I step away from my desk completely. Any time I'm stumped for a lede or a hed or have stared at a blank Word doc for too long, I take a little stroll around the garden and usually some form of inspiration (or at least a better starting point) strikes.
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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6/20/2014 | 4:58:11 PM
Re: Exercise Ball
I loved those when I was a kid! But I don't think i could balance myself and type or talk on the phone at the same time!
Alison_Diana
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6/20/2014 | 4:56:38 PM
Re: Thinking on your feet?
I believe one reason behind "standing meetings" is to avoid the endless drone of that one attendee who likes to hear himself/herself speak! By having everyone stand, the thinking is everyone will stay on-topic because they'll want to get out of the conference room and back to their comfy desk chairs!
ChrisMurphy
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ChrisMurphy,
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6/20/2014 | 12:05:22 PM
Re: Thinking on your feet?
I definitely didn't mean to suggest it on the extremes of Sitting = Deep, and Standing = Shallow. On an InformationWeek Radio broadcast, I'm totally and intensely focused while standing. It's more that combination of deep concentration and writing that brings me back to Sitting. Maybe it's a simple muscle memory thing -- I've been writing from the sitting position so many years, it's a more natural way to get into that long-form, writing mindset.
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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6/20/2014 | 12:01:50 PM
My standing desk experience
I've been using a standing desk setup for a few months now. It was a bit of an adjustment at first, but I feel more energetic and alert when I stand. The only time I sit now is when I'm writing a story, or when my legs and body get tired (which does still happen).
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6/20/2014 | 11:43:17 AM
Exercise Ball
I feel silly sitting on an exercise ball at any time. Reminds me too much of driveway play in the 1970's:

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jastroff,
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6/20/2014 | 10:58:13 AM
Thinking on your feet?
>> If I have a task that will take a long and intense bout of concentration, like writing a long article or editing an in-depth report, I do better sitting. Standing, on the other hand, is much better for responding to email, writing and editing shorter articles, or interactive activities such as radio broadcasts or conference calls.

Are you implying that activities which take less thought can be done well while standing? While more thought requires a sitting posture? What about "standing meetings" -- where you have a meeting with no chairs and everyone is on their feet  -- is it quality thought?
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