Category Archives: Ergonomics

StandStand: A Go-Everywhere Standing Desk on Kickstarter

Update, October 13, 2014: With one week still to go on the Kickstarter funding period, this project has far outstripped its funding goal and will go forward. You can still get in at “pre-public” pricing or super-early shipping. I believe the popularity of this product shows how many people would like to experience the benefits of working at a standing desk without the typical problems — ugly desks, weighing a ton, anchored in one spot. What do you think?

Ever want to be an angel investor? Or maybe you just wished you could get the benefits of a standing desk while you’re away from the office and for under $100. If so, there’s a Kickstarter campaign you’ll want to know about.

StandStand - the portable standing desk
StandStand – the portable standing desk

Luke Leafgren, an Arabic teacher at Harvard by day, has invented a super-sturdy, super-portable standing desk called StandStand. You can invest mega-bucks, or just support the project by pre-ordering yours, in Baltic birch ($50) or bamboo ($90).

Why a standing desk? Here’s a quick review. Research shows that extended sitting is damaging to our health and well-being. Even people who exercise an hour a day (and so are considered “active”) are subject to the harm that comes from sitting for long periods. A sample of what awaits prolonged sitters:

What is extended sitting? People all over the world sit an average of 7.7 hours a day, and in the Western world, we sit even more – up to 15 hours a day. That’s more than is good for us.

Hitting the gym for longer hours isn’t required to counteract the effects of sitting. We can just stand. For many of us who log a bunch of hours at a computer (raise your hand here), that means finding ways to work standing up.

StandStand portable standing desk
Use your feet instead of your seat!

The StandStand makes standing up to type possible in places where it wasn’t available before: the library, the coffee shop, the office with no room (or budget) for a standing desk.

I jumped on this opportunity.

Have you tried to work standing? What motivated you to try it? How does it work for you? If you haven’t tried it, what keeps you in your chair? Leave a comment below.


Worth Repeating – February posts from New Leaf News

I’m in love with this sample of February posts from years past, and I hope you are, too! It’s a good time to check for “tolerations” – those small annoyances that can get in the way of your progress. Address them now! Here’s how. And speaking of tolerations, are you seeing too much of your… Continue Reading

Want Greater Productivity? Walk This Way.

I’ve written before about ways to exercise when it seems hard to include exercise in your schedule. There’s another tool that I recently suggested to a client who wants to do a lot of exercise with no down-time. It’s a Steelcase desk called the Walkstation. The Walkstation’s basic structure is a treadmill that operates at… Continue Reading

Worth repeating – August posts from New Leaf News

I’m sharing a few posts from the New Leaf archives. Here’s what was on our mind in August during the past couple of years. Productivity depends on being able to work in comfort. Eliminate at least one pain in the neck with a wireless headset. Successfully planning for the future requires acknowledging past wins. Are… Continue Reading

Products: laptop stand

by Margaret Lukens, New Leaf + Company LLC We often accumulate “tolerations”, those small annoyances that interfere with our concentration and productivity but never seem to rise to the level that inspires us to take action. Like barnacles collecting on a ship, they weigh us down, imperceptibly at first, then dramatically. The new year seemed… Continue Reading

Meetings: stand up

As described in my organizing colleague John Trosko’s blog, one Los Angeles-area company found an effective way to keep its meetings “right sized” — they shed their chairs and held meetings standing up. Meetings that had been 30 to 60 minutes shrank to about half their former time. Think of the value to your business… Continue Reading

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