A lot of people have been posting their “word of the year” online, or asking people to finish the phrase: This is the year I___________. The first phrase that came to my mind was not very profound or spiritual, I’m afraid. It was: “2017…The year I get off my can.” But that didn’t sound very ladylike, so next I came up with, “The year I take a stand.”
A stand up desk, that is…
Because I sit so much (and did not heed my mother’s “sit up straight” posture lectures) I struggle with neck and back issues. I imagine lots of writers do. So I’ve decided this is the year I make a change.
I’ve been wanting a standing desk for a few years, and finally bought myself one. After reading reviews of various models, I chose the FlexiSpot 35″ Adjustable Standing Desk Riser.
It only takes a few seconds and very little effort to lift it to a standing position (I stand on an anti-fatigue mat), or lower it back down when I get tired of standing. My laptop and accessories all move with me.
I’m also trying to get better at taking breaks, and switching positions more often.
Every time I adjust from sitting to standing, or put my document holder on the other side to avoid holding my neck in one position too long, that old high school cheer goes through my mind: “Lean to the left, lean to the right, stand up, sit down, fight, fight, fight!”
Writing for hours on end can be a fight all right. Hopefully, 2017 will be a more productive writing year, and less of a pain in the neck.
Besides buying myself the standing desk, I also bought myself this chocolate coin (see pen for scale). I couldn’t resist, probably because it bears my birth year. Clearly my New Year’s resolutions did not involve cutting out chocolate. Probably should, but let’s not get crazy.
What about you? Choosing any words, or taking any stands this year?