Using a standing up desk
Near the start of this year, I finally took the plunge and tested out a standing up workspace. For me, working from home, all of my workspace hacks are motivated around productivity. I want to make sure that I'm making the very best use of my time and focus and I wondered if a standing up desk would give me another level up.
Practically speaking, my desk already had extendable legs. It's an old IKEA desk and it's one of the mix and match options where you combine your choice of legs and table top. I'm glad we had those extendable legs because it allowed me to dive right in and start trialling this option without investing too much time and energy to change my mind at a later date. My husband also recommended finding a solution for a comfy floor pad, to avoid my feet getting tired on the hard wood floor. Enter another IKEA solution - a thick bathroom matt from our old apartment, now folded in half in front of my desk, allowing my feet to be perfectly comfortable at all times.
So far, it's been a fantastic change for me and I see no likelihood of changing back any time soon. Standing up makes me far less likely to get distracted and actually makes me crack on through my lists far more quickly than I did while sitting down. It also encourages me to not dawdle over tasks which I don't particularly enjoy as much because I'm now motivated to get them out of the way and move on to the next thing.
It's also helped me in less direct ways. I started to take more interest in the walls surrounding my desk, personalising them in reference material and WIPs. When emails come through, I find my brain is able to avoid switching over tabs and disrupting my current flow. My overall focus on perfecting details feels far more sharpened and switched on. I'm even drinking more water because I'm more aware of how my body is feeling when I'm standing up!
While this is not the perfect solution for everyone, especially those with medical problems around standing or people who would struggle to create a custom setup to support a standing workspace, I think it does offer a lot of value to anyone in a position to trial (and persevere) with this approach.