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Standing Desks: What I've Learned
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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.
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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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.
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:

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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.
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.


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