[Occasionally I write an article that doesn’t have anything to do with theology. This is one such post. However, those who appreciate the importance of spending hours of studying Holy Writ may find this post interesting.]
I usually spend anywhere between 25-40 hours a week in my study working on sermons, writing articles and blog posts, responding to E-mails, reading & praying, &c. Up until a few weeks ago, I did most of that sitting down – and I was feeling the physical consequences. Any health expert will tell you that sitting for long periods of time is bad for your health (Check out this infographic: “Sitting Is Killing You“). After a few hours of sitting down with a book or computer, I would find myself getting tired and my mind beginning to wander. I would have to stand up occasionally just to ‘wake up’ my legs and my mind.
All of this changed a few weeks ago, when I added a “standing desk” to my study. I find myself being able to concentrate better and for longer periods of time (and therefore am more productive), I don’t get as tired, I’m burning more calories, and I just feel better all around.
My Standing Desk
I began with some cherry I bought from a local lumber mill, and planed each piece down to my desired thickness. The largest pieces I reserved for the top. As time permitted I began to slowly assemble what I envisioned.
Then I assembled, sanded, and finished it. Since cherry ages well and darkens on its own over time, I didn’t stain it.
The finished product, now in use:
Think I’m silly for having a standing desk? Go ahead and think that. I know I’m just a young nobody preacher. But there are some notable men who are known for using standing desks, like:
And the list goes on, including names like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, Leonardo Da Vinci, &c.
Demand To Stand
I’m pretty jazzed about this idea. And if you’re not entirely convinced, try it. Maybe it isn’t for everyone, but if you do try it, you may just find that it gives you more energy, keeps you from getting sleepy, and helps you remain focused.
You can test drive this concept by first piling some books on your desk, or stacking computer paper under your desk until you reach your desired height. If you like it enough to go with it, invest in a real standing desk. Make one yourself (like I did) to keep costs down (people have made them out of old doors, iron pipes, plywood, &c), or buy one online.
Here are some ideas:
Anthro Standing Desks (Don’t even bother to look at this if you’re poor like me)
Cheaper Anthro Desk
Foldable Laptop Card
Convert Your Current Desk
Safco Muv Stand-up
Simple Non-Adjustable Standing Desk
NextDesk Standing Desks
WoodChuck Standing Desks
For Further Reading: