Well I’m over a week into my experiment. Here’s what I know:
- Standing all day definitely gets easier. My feet aren’t really sore anymore, or maybe I’m just used to it.
- BUT, a bad night’s sleep is a lot more noticeable. I had a couple rough nights, and standing around really made me want to crawl back into bed (more than a chair would).
- I’m not noticing any general energy improvements yet.
- But I do feel generally more Ready and Present while I’m working. 37 Signals’ Jamis says it better:
My attention span improved, too. I noticed an immediate increase in my ability to focus on a problem for longer, and with greater clarity. When I was blocked by some problem, I was able to just walk away from the desk, whereas before the effort of getting up from my chair often made me prefer to just sit and stew in my frustration.
- I’m getting used to it. Walking up to my desk doesn’t seem unusual anymore. Nor does the various fidgeting, dancing, pacing it allows. I didn’t even think about it today until I was walking out to my car.
So I think it’s a good thing and I want to continue. My next thought is about getting a real standup desk (“real” as in no cardboard boxes required). Apparently, IKEA’s Jerker is Undisputed King of Standup desks. It does look great, but I can’t seem to find it. More news as it happens…