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Ergonomics and other home office myths

My Home Office
My personal ergonomic hell

Oooh, my achin' back.  And shoulders.  And while I'm at it, have I mentioned that my eyes haven't been this bloodshot since college?

And I can only blame one thing.

No, not my age, thankyouverymuch.

It's Ergonomics.

My home-office ergonomic situation is pitiful.  And I use the phrase "home office" very loosely.  My shaky dining room table is my desk.  An unpadded, creaky dining chair is where my butt sits for hours at a time.

Back in my corporate days, I remember going to a human resources sponsored seminar that preached the benefits of proper posture while using a desktop computer.  I believe  there was something about having feet flat on the floor, elbows at a 90 degree angle, and being directly eye-level to the computer screen...maybe?   What would that well-postured speaker say if she could see me now as I hunch over my laptop, elbows up, one leg under the chair, the other resting on the neighboring chair?

The funny thing is I upgraded to the dining room table about a month ago.  My previous work station was the family room sofa.  I had odd aches and pains in my hips from the way-too-soft cushions.  So, the move to the dining room seemed like a huge step in my quest for proper ergonomics.

It is so hard for me to believe that something as simple as a proper desk and chair can have such an impact on my physical well-being and level of productivity.   But after some brief research I have, in fact, discovered that office furniture is bulky and ugly for a reason.

I may have to break down and get a real desk and a massively complicated adjustable chair.  Wait.  What?  The ergonomic chair is $950?  Oooh, my achin' back.