I know, I know. I have too many websites.
I’m trying to learn how to code (again). My buddy Trevor talked me in to reading this book by Chris Pine and it’s really good so far. My first task is to recreate ClickThatButton with my own code. I got a very very basic version working in Ruby and had to share. I was too excited.
Every time you want to make any important decision, there are two possible courses of action. You can look at the array of choices that present themselves, pick the best available option and try to make it fit. Or, you can do what the true entrepreneur does: Figure out the best conceivable option and then make it available. – Jon Burgstone
This is exactly the thing I see in people that make the difference. It’s the ability to see past what is merely just possible and find instead what things you can do to change what is possible.
A few things came together in the last month to make me try a standing desk yesterday.
1. My lower back was hurting. I had lower back surgery when I was 21 and I felt some of the same pain coming back. This was not good. Plus, it always seemed worse when I sat down for a long time.
2. I have been working on this pinball project. It required me to stand up and sit down a lot. It also was in another part of the office with a crappy wooden chair instead of my fancy Aeron. It didn’t help the back problems.
4. I thought that it would make me actually WORK more. It would limit my time at a desk and hopefully make that time more precious and productive.
So, in trying to fix my back, and be more healthy and productive, I tried it. I went to Home Depot and got a few cinder blocks. Turns out 16″ (the size of one block) was the perfect amount to raise the desk to make it a good height for standing. No new desk, not expensive. A few bucks and some rearranging and I was standing.
Day one wen’t pretty well. It was about 5 hours on my feet and I was definitely getting a bit sore. I did feel tired at the end of the day, but in a good way. In a “I actually worked today” kind of way. I’m currently writing this half way into day two and I definitely feel more productive. It’s not as easy (or comfortable) to watch an hour long youtube interview or another damn TED talk. I find, so far, that I am propelled to get shit done. I also moved the pinball project to the desk as well, so I can easily go back and forth without sitting in a crappy chair, or getting up a lot to test it. Extra Bonus? Dancing while working is now an option. Pretty fun!
I will let you know how it goes after a month or so. Have any of you tried a standing desk?