One of the benefits of working from home is being able to move your workspace around. You may find yourself working from a regular desk, the kitchen table, the couch, or perhaps even in bed. However, you may also find that it's easy to get distracted and productivity suffers. Enter the standing desk.
I started to consider using a standing desk after my chiropractor suggested I use it to help with my sore neck. I admit, I had heard of the benefits of a standing desk but I only associated them with tech companies and startups in Silicon Valley. I had never given much thought to implementing a standing desk into my work that I often conduct from home.
After a bit of research, I decided to invest in one that wasn't too big but would still fit my needs. Eager to try this new method of work (and to be rid of my neck pain), I started working with my computer on top of my chest of drawers while I waited for my new desk to be delivered. It was a bit of an adjustment at first but I found the benefits to be almost immediate.
Increase in Productivity
One of the biggest differences was how much energy I had. I had been stuck on a few ideas that week but found solutions soon after. Maybe it's psychosomatic but standing put more pressure on getting the work done. I noticed I was standing a bit taller and breathing a bit easier and didn't have an afternoon urge for a new pot of coffee. I had lasting energy all day.
But don't just take my word for it. A recent Texas A&M study found that call center employees who used a standing desk were 50 percent more productive than seated employees over a period of 6 months. Interestingly, their productivity increased the longer they used the standing desk to work.
Better Focus and Better Concentration
Because you're standing, it's harder to waste time and energy doing tasks that are unrelated to work. Initially, I would tell myself that I needed to finish X,Y,Z before I could take a five minute break to sit -- and it worked. I would finish my tasks and reward myself with a break. It gave me more discipline, a crucial skill needed when working from home.
Getting my work day started can sometimes be a challenge. However since I've begun using my desk, I have found myself not needing to get myself into work mode. Standing is work mode and the need to complete tasks comes naturally. I'm much more ready to start the day and keep going.
You will likely find your own productivity and energy to be on another level simply by choosing to stand rather than sit. You could easily try it out for an hour or two a day using a countertop or set of drawers, just to get a feel for the difference it makes. You may want to invest in a mat to stand on for extra support, particularly for your knees and hips. Additionally, risers for your desk are a cheap but practical investment to make sure that you keep your neck protected.
Your body and boss will thank you for it.