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This Desk Could Save a Pastor/Counselor’s Life

Earlier this year, David Murray repeatedly promoted the health advantages of stand-up desks. He even went so far as to enlist his son to produce a 2-minute video in which handyman David demonstrates how he built one in his seminary office for less than $50. He convinced me. As a result, building one for my office has been on my To Do list for many months, but it is my recovery  from hernia surgery that ultimately prompted me to “just do it.” For some reason my abdominal region no longer appreciates my sitting in a 90-degree position for longer than an hour. So here I am typing this post while standing at the desk that just might save my life. And mine only cost $31.00! David might also be surprised that this new desk works just as well with my PC as it does with his MacBook. (Wait, did I just reveal my sin of envy?)

Just two details remain undone. A zip-tie is needed underneath to tidy up all my cords (I hate clutter!) and a larger monitor is needed for my aging eyes. Regrettably, once I get the monitor for the upper shelf, I will have to move my “Think on These Things” Visual Theology to a different wall. By the way, if you have not checked out these posters from Challies.com you are missing out on a great teaching/counseling/discipleship/personal growth tool. The “Fruit of the Spirit” and “One-Anothers” are the next ones I plan to order. Consider purchasing these for your local church’s classrooms, counseling offices, or small group meeting places. The newest poster is on Penal Substitutionary Atonement. Great stuff!

Be sure to check out Michael Hyatt’s infographic too.

[Update 7/20/12 - I found my ankles and legs getting sore after a few days. Spending another $25 for an anti-fatigue matt has been well worth it. Also, stand-up desks are getting contagious around here. Tom Garwood, our new associate pastor, decided to use our pulpit during the week until he can get one built in his office.]

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4 Comments

  1. Greg, my husband, would totally agree that standing up working is better.

  2. Well done, Paul! Looks good, even with a Windows machine!

  3. Excellent! Nice work! I think you are really going to like the standing desk.

    I’ve found going back and forth between sitting and standing is helpful. If you stand too long you can get tired and let your posture go bad. Because you have a laptop (PC or otherwise) you have a great set-up since you can move it back to a sitting desk with only a little effort.

    Glad to have another convert to standing!

    • Thanks, Chris. Loving it! I have now ordered an anti-fatigue matt from Quill for less than $30. That should help my feet and back. I do love moving from station to station. It seems to increase productivity and maintain alertness.