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Standing Desks: What I've Learned
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jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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6/20/2014 | 9:01:34 AM
Haven't tried, but know several who do
I haven't really tried it yet, mostly due to cost for furniture from our corporate supplier, but I have several staff who have both a sitting location and a standing location in their office space at the office. They all like the standing option and probably use it as much as half the time. If it fits in the budget and physical space, I would recommend it.
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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6/20/2014 | 10:28:00 AM
Best of both worlds
Seems like a standing desk is great for banging out emails other quick hits. But prolonged focus requires sitting. The way I see it, standing boosts your physical energy but sitting drives your mental energy. So I can see the value of an adjustable desk. On certain gloomy Mondays, the fetal position desk (Thank you Onion!) makes a lot of sense.
Curt Franklin
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Curt Franklin,
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6/20/2014 | 10:49:38 AM
A Standing Desk Fits My Work Style
I began using a "standing desk" back in the early 80s when I put my Selectric II on top of a filing cabinet in the office that I shared with a couple of other folks. I've been through a bunch of different desks but now I stand at a desk cobbled together from a postmaster's table and a drafting board. I have a drafting stool that I can use when I just need to get off my feet but in general I find that standing leaves my back and hips feeling much better at the end of the day.

My Aeron chair is now relegated to being a very expensive messenger bag holder most days.
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jastro,
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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?
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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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:

Hoppity Hop
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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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).
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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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!
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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Alison_Diana,
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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.
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