From Portland, Oregon based Feng Shui professional and clutter expert, Sugeet talks about his journey toward a stand desk. Why did he do it? Fad? Physics? Productivity?
My old office arrangement, even when I had cleared most of the clutter still looked, well . . .
– – cluttered.
I had recently finished working with a couple who worked from home. She had build a rigid standing desk and loved it. He was building one for himself. They were both enthusiastic for them. They had many positive things to say about them. I became curious.
I saw a Kickstarter campaign to build a reasonably price standing desk that could be both – a sitting desk and a standing one. The campaign was very convincing – lots of studies extolling the benefits of a standing desk.
Research was needed.
Sitting is the new smoking.
What began as a curiosity has provoked a great deal of studious inquiry. Results?
- Reduced risk of obesity
- Reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes and other metabolic problems
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
- Reduced risk for many kinds of cancer
Wow! And that’s just what the Smithsonian Magazine reported. (March 26, 2014)
Sitting six hours a day ups he death rate by 20% for men, 40% for women!
That’s scary while some other research says otherwise, but the consensus indicates we should be standing/walking at least 2 hours a day and then work up to 4.
OK – I got into the Kickstarter campaign and got my desk a couple of months ago.
I had to rearrange my office.
Time to declutter.
Pounds and pounds of files into the trash, Scan others.
4 file drawers to 2.
Fewer printers, fewer everything.
And the result?
What a difference! Take a look just at the top:
No, I don’t stand all the time, but I’m standing more and more and sitting less and less. I find not only has the simplification made me more focused, but much more productive. I love the top – it’s bamboo, my favorite building material.
You can jerry-rig a standing desk for yourself and try it. I like mine because I can take it up or down, and stop it any place that suites me or my arms or my chair (all at the touch of a button.) A programmer friend just bought himself one that uses counterweights to go up or down. He has a bit of a weight problem, so this is going to be good for him as well! And a major client I just worked with we designed his office so not only could he have a standing desk, but combine it with a treadmill!
If you want to see the one I bought, (also because I support new companies) go to
An expert in lighting and Feng Shui – Sugeet was a gallery art director for 12 years! Certified in both the basic and Advanced levels of BTB Feng Shui, Sugeet has been serving clients from Northern California to the Candian border since 1999. He has taught Feng Shui for the home, business and landscape design at Southern Oregon University; as well as private classes in Clutter elimination. Read more about Sugeet.
Article/Image Source: The Impact of a Stand Desk