Since moving to my new office space, I spend nearly all of my working hours standing.
My family and I have a running joke about how the extra weight is just sliding off of me from the calories I burn from standing all day. Unfortunately, I have been standing for nearly a month while working and I haven’t noticed any difference yet.
I have noticed some difference in a few areas, though, and I like standing up. My new office space has a nice view to my front yard and I see the coming and going in my neighborhood more than I did before, including my oldest daughter arriving home from school each day. I look forward to watching the younger kids play this summer when school’s out.
Benefits I’ve Received From Standing
I Have More Energy Throguht The Day – I am typically a pretty energetic person, so this might not be an entirely good thing. I sometimes talk too fast on calls anyway, and standing during calls gives the effect of me being on speed (I’m not.). My coach, who was participating on a team call, gently advised that I be mindful of the energy I project while running a meeting standing up.
I am More Focused – While I do have multiple distractions due to more people in and out of my work space, and more interruptions than ever before, I am still getting more done than ever before — by my own assessment, not any measurable data.
I Feel Physically Better – I don’t have any random pains that I used to get from sitting too long; I don’t have any afternoon slumps. My posture is improved and now that my feet have adjusted to the change in demand, they don’t really hurt (much).
While my general intention is to spend most of my time standing, my office-mates and I invested in a lovely chaise. Sitting on the chaise is a wonderful break from standing. We also just added a traditional desk to our space but I haven’t even used it once. I even stand while working at 5 am, while enjoying my first cup of coffee.
I can’t imagine going back to my old desk for a day of sitting. For now, I’m still standing, and loving it.