Standing Desk and Other Productivity Boosters

Today is my first day trying a standing desk. I hacked one together last night with some spare parts around the office. I wanted to try it out and see how I like it before investing in a more permanent solution. This was my tweet from last night:

I had a rough week last week in terms of productivity. Usually, when this happens, I'll make a change in my office like rearranging things, moving my desk around, etc. I needed something new and when I started doing some research I kept coming up with standing desks. I spent some time reading up on the benefits as well as the down sides to standing desks and as far as I can tell at this point, the positives outweigh the negatives. Some of the benefits I've read include:

  • Better posture
  • Weight loss (still researching this one)
  • More energy
  • Better digestion
  • Better circulation

In addition to the standing desk I've decided to implement some other productivity boosters in the way of ridding myself of daily distractions. Some of these include:

  • No email notifications - I'm closing my email client and I'll be checking email about 4 times a day. I can't remember the last time I received an email that required immediate attention. Everyone knows that if its important enough they can reach me on skype
  • Less twitter - I've closed my twitter client and I'll only be checking twitter during off hours (before work, lunch, after work). I'll still tweet throughout the day but that doesn't hinder my productivity
  • Phone on vibrate - Just as distracting as email notifications and twitter is my phone. Keeping it on vibrate / silent is less distracting.
  • No peak hours web browsing - I like to keep up with the latest and greatest so visiting news sites is a daily routine. I also spend time on a few websites like Stackoverflow attempting to help other engineers. I'll have set times during the day that I'll allow myself to do this and restrict it for the rest of the time.
  • Evernote - This one is debatably a productivity booster. It could just be an excuse for me to try and use it. Generally, I wrote all my notes in a journal and then transfer what I need digitally. Oddly enough, that takes me away from the computer and I've used it as an excuse to wonder. For simple note I'm switching to Evernote. The global hotkey makes it easy to create notes and then keep moving. Kind of like tweeting.

After some time with the standing desk, assuming I find it beneficial, I've got a great idea for something more permanent that will actually look nice. Unlike the monstrosity displayed above. I'll be sure and blog about that as well, when / if the time comes, in case anyone else is interested.