Monday, 14 October 2013

The Standing Desk and Creativity

You can see my mat and the tote I'm using.
Today is the first day of the rest of my life. Ha! Well, today I'm going to try to work standing up. 


The Benefits:

(1) Health - According to October 2013 Vogue magazine, persistent sitting increases the risk of diabetes and you are 49% more likely to die from other causes. It also improves your posture and decreases back pain.

(2) Weight loss - I'm not sure it's going to work for me but I've read an article where a woman who stood at her desk lost weight without changing her lifestyle in any way. 

(3) Creativity - new studies have shown that exercise can boost your creativity. And while I think that standing doesn't seem like a great deal of exercise, it does force you to move around more. Every bit helps, right?

So, I've set up my desk. I'm using a tote for now until I know I want to make a permanent change.

Some tips I've read:

(1) Work in bare feet but make sure you have a comfy mat beneath them.
(2) Stand with your knees bent to take distribute the weight.
(3) Start slow. Don't try to work for eight hours standing up. Take sitting breaks.

I'm starting slow. For the first couple of weeks I will only work on my feet for up to two hours, and increase from there. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Have you worked standing up? Have you noticed any benefits? Have you been more creative?


  1. Well, I know I play my guitar better when standing up, so makes sense.

  2. Oooo, that's honestly exciting Clarissa! Let us know how it goes for you!

  3. I've wanted to get a treadmill and outfit it with a platform, so can't wait to see how this works for you!

  4. I'm not sure how standing helps with losing weight but that would be interesting to see how things work.
    I don't work standing up, but I do make an effort to stand and stretch often at my desk.

  5. Hi, Clarissa,

    I've seen some scary statistics relating to people like me who sit at a desk all day, so that's a good move. Got some veins developing on my legs that make exercise seem like a huge priority right now. :D

  6. I'm not sure how long my arthritic knees would hold up but it sounds like a plan. Let us know how it works for you.

  7. I have a neighbor that has a standing desk at work and loves it. I think I would fidget, but that's me. And maybe I fidget anyway... I definitely know I sit too much... though we are ALL 100% likely to die... *shifty*

  8. My crit partner always stands at the computer. Too restless to sit for very long. I've tried it, but I get tired after about an hour. I admit I'm a sitter. I'll sit for three hours while writing. I know it's not good for me, but I try to balance it out with walking a couple of miles every day.

  9. Interesting. Let us know how the angles affect your wrists.

  10. Good for you, Clarissa! I know about the benefits of standing up, but I don't work that way. I try to remember to get up every half hour at the most and move around for awhile. If I ever see one of those desks, kind of like a lectern, made for standing up, I might have to consider getting it.

    Many big-time authors wrote standing up. Off the top of my head, I know of Ernest Hemingway, Lewis Carroll, and Thomas Wolfe. You're in great company!

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

    1. Actually, I first got the idea from one of your posts.

  11. I think your current stand-up-at-desk will work just fine.

  12. Wow!! Well part of my job is to assist teaching and so I tend to spend a lot of my time standing - but I think my problem is that I stand "wrong" - I tend to slouch and not concentrate on posture!! But I tend to get more tired if I sit for the same period of time!!

    Good luck with your new standing fitness regime! I think starting it slowly and correctly is a great thing to do first!! Take care

  13. Maybe I should come up with a second desk. A friend of mine just purchased a standing desk. Maybe when this one falls apart, I'll look into it.

  14. I used to work in retail so that meant standing all day. I haven't tried standing while I write though. I'm intrigued.

  15. Hi Clarissa .. I came across the Varidesk range (available through Amazon UK and USA) - and have seriously thought about buying one ... or getting an architect's table or some such set up. The evening paper on the way back from London the other day was promoting the health of standing up at a Varidesk as it happened .. but it's taking on ...

    The standing up rather than sitting - and varying the times .. is definitely a good idea .. when I worked in retail as Lynda says above ... it was so tiring being on my feet all day - now I get tired of too much sitting!

    Still I think the benefits of standing - bent knees (totally agree) well not locked anyway .. makes sense ...

    Let us know ... cheers Hilary

  16. Clarissa - Oh, that sounds really fascinating. I don't know if I could see myself standing like that, but there are good reasons to try it. I'll be really interested to see how it goes for you.

  17. I would love to have a treadmill desk.

  18. I also made a standing desk out of ikea blue bins! I have like 40 of them at home and use them for everything!!! After comments from colleagues about the look of it, I upgraded to a Stand Steady ( It works well, and looks more appropriate in a professional setting.

  19. Work standing up? I have to admit, I never thought of that one. And now that I am, I'm thinking it sounds like kind of a cool idea...

  20. This is very interesting. I have read a few pages from a book and watched part episodes of television serials standing up though I can't say whether it made me more creative.

  21. I've heard good things about working standing. A few people at my job had special tables made to work standing up. I tried it, but I walk around the building so much it didn't make sense to me.

  22. I can hardly wait to learn how this turns out for you. If you like it, I think they make standing desks. And tall stools for when you take a sitting break. I do believe exercise improves creativity - at least it does for me. Good luck!


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