Did you ever notice in the Movies that whenever they torture someone they tie them to an office chair?
They make them sit for hours with no bathroom breaks or the ability to check Facebook. It’s horrible.
Well, we’ve all been bombarded by news stories lately warning of the health risks of sitting for long periods. Apparently desk chairs have been slowly murdering us all these years and we didn’t even know it. I wouldn’t be surprised if they mix in stats from “Old Sparky” to increase the death count attributed to chairs.
That all being said, I’ve recently come to the realization that I’m a chair-a-holic. I actually once sat in a chair so long I blacked out.
So I decided to do something about my condition and try standing more throughout the day.. My plan is to try working from a standing desk for a week to see how I do.
However, before I make a big financial commitment to purchasing an adjustable motorized standing desk, I want to at least see if I’ll stick to it.
So after reading all the standing desk hacks and recognizing that I’m a minimalist and also somewhat frugal, I came up with the simplest standing desk solution I could think of. Continue reading…
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2. Do you send the same emails over and over again? Check out Canned Responses in Google Labs as well.
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