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.
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.