Being able to work any time in a 24 hour period leads to a lot of creativity.
Creative working positions, that is.
In a given week, I might be in any of the following positions while I’m pinching and pulling at words:
- Laying in bed
- Laying on the couch
- Sitting at the desk
- Standing at the desk
- Laying on the floor
Our current office set up allows for one seated side and one make-shift standing side. Of course, we dropped $250 on an IKEA Double Desk before I found this ergonomic solution online, which I now want desperately. I haven’t made too much use out of this set up because shortly after I started having nagging back pain and weird jabs and I haven’t sat much since.
Physical Therapy for Freelancing Overuse? Totally A Thing
I’ve been working with a physical therapist for about one month and it has helped me see incredible impovement in my lower back and upper back. I’m slowly working up to sitting for 20 minutes at a time, though my abs are still weak and therefore super distracting whenever I sit. I can’t seem to write well when I’m focusing on flexing my abs, raising my shoulders, and keeping my feet on the ground (and not on the wall).
Fortunately, I learned the best formula for sitting: sit towards the edge of the chair with a towel in your lower back. Your knees should be slightly lower than your hips, and your hands should slightly hang onto the desktop (there should be a slight drop angle from your elbow to the keyboard.
Other Preventions for Desk-Jockey Injuries
The desk and chair aren’t the only criminals in most home offices! Here are a few other things I do or I’m interested in for “office safety” (and in general to make it more of a study than a “work zone.”
I’ve linked to these before, but I also credit this mouse for saving me from some serious carpal tunnel issues. The trackball-style mouse takes a day to get used to, but I’ve never been without it since I first used my dad’s.
I also use the Pomodoro technique whenever I remember, which just means you set a timer for 25 minutes and then get up and do something. This refreshes your muscles and lets you maintain the best posture for the longest period of time.
Himalayan Salt Lamp
I’m wayyy interested in the air-purifying benefits of a Himalayan Salt Lamp! They look calming (Which is always a pro in my book), purify the air (and the cat’s litter box is in that room, so, yeah), and reduce EMFs (which can really benefit autoimmune conditions).
Bring Me Back My Couch!
We had a Craigslist stuffed chair in the office for the first year we were here. When we upgraded to a double desk, we got rid of it because I didn’t think I used the chair all that much. Boy was I wrong! I miss it every week, and I miss walking by and seeing a relaxing sitting zone where you could read for a little bit.
This overstuffed beauty is also over my price limit, but this looks nice and modern and has a price that might happen for me some day.