You spend at least a third of your life working, and most of that at your desk. Your desk is the central command point for your working life. You control everything from there; scheduling, communication, processing.

Yet, the majority of us don’t treat our desk like a workstation. Instead, we treat it like we treat that home gym that’s become a clothes horse, or that junk drawer in the kitchen that we never look in now because we know we won’t find anything in it.

Instead of becoming fully optimised workstations, our desks becoming storage units that accrue more and more rubbish over the course of the working year. And that, unfortunately could be harming you.

Why ergonomic optimisation is so important

Over the course of just one day at your desk, you’ll not just be sitting for long periods of time. You’ll be stretching, reaching, pulling, twisting and turning. Don’t believe me? Reach for the phone on your desk right now. Or find the last, most critical document you worked on.

The majority of us have our desks laid out in such a way that we need to bend and contort our bodies to do the smallest of tasks – and that puts strain on our bodies.

Reaching, or over-reaching, from a sedentary position many times over the course of a day causes you to twist and pull at muscles in an inappropriate way which causes stresses and strains. These can build up over time to cause backaches, muscle spasms and more.

So, how do you go about optimising your desk to prevent this?

Start at the start and optimise from there

The easiest way to deal with your desk is to take everything off it. Yes, everything. Computer equipment, cables, the lot. Now take all of that and sort it into piles. You want three piles, broadly speaking: the stuff you use every day, that which you use regularly but not daily, and the junk.

Bin the junk, now. File away or store the non-essential items. Already you’re left with a far more manageable set of objects.

Before you start putting that back on your desk, stop and have a think about your workflow. Ergonomically speaking, you need you keyboard flat on the desk directly in front of you and the top of the monitor at eye level, with your mouse placed to the correct side.

Following that, though, the placement of items should follow the flow of your tasks. Everything should be easily within reach, and there should be little need to “cross-over”. If you’re right handed, for instance, put your inbox to the left of your screen and your outbox to the right. Left to right flow, start to finish.

By doing this you’ll not only find the desk is ergonomically optimised but also the optimum layout for your workflow.

NEXT DAY Olympia Desks

Alternatively, why not just start completely from scratch and treat yourself to a brand-new desk? Our Next Day Olympia Desks are panel end desks designed in classic styles.

Next Day Olympia Desks come in two designs – rectangular or ergonomic – and the range also includes filing cabinets, drawer pedestals, bookcases and cupboards, so you can kit out the whole office. Have a look through our full range here or talk to our sales team for advice on choosing the perfect desk.

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Last Modified / Updated on: May 24, 2018 at 9:14 am

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