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Letters from the Home Office Volume 7

While the title of this article is also a great song by Bob Marley and the Wailers, I’d like to make a slightly different point here. When you research healthy lifestyles you rarely see a recommendation to sit at a desk all day. Think about your daily routine, let’s use mine as an example.

Zero hour: Get up, do my thing, make coffee, go out front for the newspaper.

Two minutes later: Take coffee to the desk, deploy the headset, hunch over the keyboard and get to work.

Get Up, Stand Up!

Three hours later: Break for a biological imperative, but take the mobile with me, ear buds in place and mute button activated.

Four hours later: Look at a clock and realize I haven’t taken my eyes off of work for seven hours, haven’t even read the headlines from the newspaper, and haven’t spoken to a live human being since last night.

Ten Minutes Later: Take a break to get something to eat that I can carry back to my desk while I’m still on a call or responding to a note.

Two hours after that: Get a stabbing pain in between the shoulder blades. This is either a cramp, or my wife suggesting that darkness is a hint to step away from the pod.

Let’s face it, this is no way to live. Fortunately for me, my desk chair recently broke (not before my buddy Sam set a new record for spins without using his feet). This means I have to work standing up until the replacement chair I bought on-line shows up. This standing up thing is excellent and there are inexpensive desk-top work surfaces that facilitate working on your feet.

I went to a new age company facility in Northern California last year where all of the people worked at these upright workstations. They were all really healthy looking and energetic. There were all 27 years old too. But nevertheless, I think it is wise to seriously investigate a small investment in a desktop desk. It compels you to move around a little and once you’re up you might even see what the rest of your house looks like. In fact, when I stood up, I noticed my guitar in the corner of the room and started playing…you guessed it.


Peter is married with 3 children and published his first book in 2012. Peter has been with Unify for over 20 years, currently as Vice President – Inside Sales and Sales Support for North America.

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6 comments on “Get Up, Stand Up!
  1. Mike Gregory says:

    I use Circuit and a DECT headset for all my voice. You can wander around while you talk -which helps me concentrate. The lesson I had to learn was not to do it while the video feed was on. One of our sales guys kept shouting ‘Where have you gone? Come back!’ It seems you need face-to-face video comfort even if you are hours apart.

  2. thanks
    I enjoyed above text really I am going find way for best concentration in work
    I this is not important when or where we are working result and good idea is important

  3. Paul Bender says:

    This has been taking off. I first noticed this in 2007: https://news.illinois.edu/blog/view/6367/324749

  4. As the great Mr. Marley said… “don’t worry, about a thing… every little thing is going to be alright”…

    • Tony Rich says:

      so true. I love my stand up sit down desk. it even came with an app so you can set the timer the automatically raises the desk on a regular frequency.

  5. I use Circuit from Unify and a on-ear headset from Plantronics and that combination provides me with the mobility I need. A new gadget tells me to stand up, move or even to go for a run which keeps me energized and healthy 🙂