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How optimal is your office?

For most Americans, nearly one-fourth of life is pent at work. For those working in an office setting, that’s a lot of time sitting at desks and glued to computers. Try to rememebr the last time you actually stopped to think about the efficiency of your physical workspace. workstation optimization can make a significant difference in your ability to get things done. It doesn’t take much though to improve your situation and here are a few simple tips to get you started.

1. Sit well, but not too long
finding a comfortable chair that is adjustable and offers good lower-back support is key to less strain and more productivity throughout the day. But don’t rely on that alone; standing up and moving around at regular intervals throughout your day is importatnt for good ergonomic health. This will ensure continuous blood circulation in your arms and legs, and will keep them from getting too strained. Take walks to the water station to refill your glass. Stretching breaks a frew times a day is even better. In all cases, make certain that the chair you are in supports your back and body.

2. Remember this key point
The keyboard may be the center of your work environment, but it is often placed in an ineffective potion. A keyboard on the desk forces your forearsm into an unnaturla postion and causes tension and muscle fatigue, which in turn can decrease your productivity. The optimal setup is a keyboard tray that attaches to the bottom of your desk and slopes slightly downward away from you. It should sti lower than your elbows, allowing your forearsm to rest in a postion that’s parallel to and slightly above your thighs. Also, rather than centering the entire keyboard unit in front of you, place the keyboard with the space bar ad the central point. If the entire unti is centered, your body isn’t actually aligned with teh part of the device you are using.

3. Stretch your mind, not your eyes (or your neck!)
In terms of your monitor, you want your display to be cetnered directly in front of you, about an arm’s length away when you’re sitting back in your chair. Hunching over to the side to see your screen won’t help your comfort of your ability to focus. In terms of height, most monitors sit on the low side. If you visualize a line going from your eyes to the screen, the line should hit about two to three inches below the top of the monitor. Another thing to keep in sight is a document holder. If you work with physical documents, get an upright holder and put it next to your monitor. Constantly looking down at your desk to view a document and then back up at your monitor can cause neck strain and take a tolld on your eyes over time- and that is obviously going to affect your work as well.

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