Desk Job Got You Down?

Let’s face it, desk jobs typically have a reputation for being dull and soul sucking. The thing is, there are a lot of jobs out there that need doing and they aren’t always the most inspiring, exciting, or even rewarding, but they are jobs. When you are working somewhere you do not like, it can take a toll on the rest of your life. It can make you feel down, depressed, and stressed. Quitting your job and finding a new one isn’t always something you can do, so what can you do to revive your soul while still doing your job? Here are some ideas to get your mind going.

Keep Healthy

There is something about establishing healthy habits that make you feel more able to tackle all the day’s problems and challenges. Start bringing a water bottle to work and try to take in more water every day. Being hydrated is something many people struggle with. Take quick breaks to walk around or stretch to help keep your blood flowing throughout the day.

Attitude Matters

If you expect your day to be bad at work, you will find something that will make it that way. Try coming into work with a different attitude than you usually do. Find something, anything at work that you like or enjoy, and focus on that. Try smiling at your co-workers and share some happiness to spruce up everyone’s day.

Challenge Yourself

Something that goes along with changing your attitude is challenging yourself. If you are bored of always doing the same things, ask for new responsibilities or duties to keep things interesting. People that are motivated and want to stay engaged in their work will look for new things to do and keep progressing up the ladder. These people are usually noticed by bosses and end up being rewarded for their efforts and desire to take on new challenges.

Change Up Your Area

If your desk is a mess you are most likely not going to have good days. Decluttering and organizing files, folders, and desks is a great way to feel less stressed and more at home in your work space. If you have an organized work area, consider changing up pictures or decorations to give your space a new feeling and get you thinking and feeling happier. Post pictures of vacations or your favorite places to help you have more happy feelings while you are at work. Just be careful of posting pictures that are private or display more of your private life that is appropriate for work and clients.

Personalization Of Your Workspace

Work is basically your second home. You probably spend about a third of your day at work. A third doing other activities or doing things at home and a third sleeping or so. This means that for those eight hours or so that you are at work in your office, cubicle, or at your desk, you are surrounded by….what, exactly? Boring white walls and unimpressive single colored or patterned carpet? This shouldn’t be what your second home looks like! It is time to personalize your area and perk up your workspace. Naturally, it is important to follow the rules your work has for your space or office, but most offices allow for some additions.

Pictures!

Choosing some cute pictures are a great way to add some love to your space. Keep a photo of your dog on your desk or a picture of you and your significant other. If you work in a profession that you are wary of clients seeing or knowing of your family, choose photos that you have taken on vacation or of your favorite nature spot that don’t have people in them, but remind you of your loved ones and the good times you have had. Hang art around the room or scenic pictures of your favorite climate zone. Adding some of the things you like to your area can make the workday seem a little less dreary.

Get Comfortable

Make sure that you have a chair that is comfortable and ergonomic. Being comfortable and keeping your body well supported will make all the difference in your attitude of coming to work. Considering some of the personalization options that office chairs have these days including colors, embroidery, styles, and functions.

Desk Trinkets

Having trinkets on your desk can help keep your hands busy if you are a person that always likes to be moving. Have puzzle cubes or figurines on your desk that you purchased on vacation or simply ones that you like. Add a bowl of candy on the corner of your desk to help make your space more inviting if you meet with clients, and to give you a little sugar on those long days!
Be creative with your space and add some of what makes you, you! Add some pops of color or a rug that makes you feel more at home, at work. Doing simple things like this can help you stay more focused at work and enjoy your days more fully.

Using The Correct Posture For Sitting And Typing

We often reference the ‘proper sitting and typing posture’ because we all know there is a correct way to do it, but how many of us actually practice it? There is a strong bet that many of us practice detrimental habits when it comes to screen time and typing. How many of us work while sitting in bed or with our laptops on our laps while we look down at the screen? Do you actually know how to hold your wrists and elbows? What about how tall your chair should be compared to your monitor?

To start things off, you are going to need the proper chair to support healthy sitting and typing. Choose an ergonomic chair that supports the natural curve of your spine and is adjustable in height to make sure you can sit at a height level with your monitor to alleviate any neck strain from looking up or down all day at the monitor.

Keep your shoulders relaxed and and rest against your chair to support your back and spine properly. Sit up straight to avoid adding stress or strain to your back muscles. Keep your feet flat on the floor, make sure to feel comfortable doing so to ease any lower back strain. Get a foot rest if you cannot comfortably keep your feet flat on the floor while working.

It is important to keep your arms close to your side and they should be at about a ninety degree angle when using a properly positioned keyboard. Use the armrests on your chair to relax your arms when you are not using the computer or let them rest on them at a ninety degree angle while typing.

The keyboard may have supports for your wrists but they are not meant to be used all the time. To avoid injury and keep your wrists healthy do your best to get in the habit of keeping them in a neutral position instead of having them bent a lot. Rest your wrists in between typing to keep them from getting tired.

Keyboards often come with a feature that allows you to change the height and angle of the keyboard in relation to your wrists. Some people like a flat keyboard and others like it to be angled upwards. Find the most comfortable position for you by experimenting with a few options and choose your favorite. You want to be comfortable while working.

Taking care of your body is extremely important, even in an office setting, there are many injuries that can be avoided by taking the time to learn proper techniques and then implementing those into your daily work.

Looking For The Perfect Chair?

Having the right chair is vital to being successful and having a efficient work day. This may sound over dramatic but if you listen to these reasons why that might actually be the case, you might find yourself saying the same thing.  Ergonomic office chair options are the best options to consider when you are shopping around for office chairs that will enhance your office and your ability to stay focused and work for long hours.

One of the most important features to look for in the design of a chair you are going to be using day after day, month after month, possibly even year after year, is that it is made to support your body. We all know that bodies do not come in one mold, but bodies have the same features and one of those is a spine. Your spine health is beyond important and providing it the correct support will reduce or eliminate the stress that sitting for long hours puts on your back bone. This will undoubtedly improve your life in many ways as a pain free life is always something to strive for.

Ergonomic chairs are designed to be comfortable. This means an easier work day, less time shifting around and wasting time being uncomfortable. This is particularly notable for those that suffer from back pains and tight neck muscles. Part of the reason you may be experiencing these pains is because of the stress sitting in a chair can put on your spine when not properly supported.

With a properly supportive and ergonomic chair you will be more comfortable, supported, feel healthier, have less aches and pains, and be able to focus on your work more effectively. The proper chair with adjustable height also helps proper circulation and blood flow.

These things may sound minor on paper but rack up a few years of unhealthy habits and poor circulation and you will be looking at some more serious health problems. By eliminating all these negative effects you are sure to be more successful.
We want you to be successful. The representatives and staff here at Direct Office Chairs are more than happy to help you find the perfect fit for you. Contact us today to start looking for a chair that will do a better job at keeping you healthy, focused, and on track. Being successful doesn’t just happen, and we want to help make it easier for you to make it.

Exercise At Work!

Many of us, especially those of us that work at a computer or desk for the majority of the day, aren’t getting enough exercise. Many people don’t feel like they have time or money for a gym membership. Those that have other responsibilities following work and have little time for themselves, let alone time to go to the gym every day, can largely benefit from doing simple short exercises right from their desk or work place.

Take The Stairs And Increase Your Steps

Instead of hitting that elevator button and going for a minute ride, go ahead and get yourself ready to take the stairs. Taking the stairs is a small burst of aerobic exercise which can help strengthen the heart. If you have small stairs or feel like you need a harder workout, take the steps two at a time to increase the difficulty.

Simply increasing the number of steps you take every day can help you feel and look better. Park at the end of the lot and enjoy your walk into work or take walking lunch breaks. Bring a small water bottle that you need to fill up every hour or so and walk to the water dispenser.

Use Your Desk And Chair

You probably don’t keep any exercise equipment in your cubicle or office, but you can use what you have. There are countless simple exercises that you can do using your desk and your office chair. Choosing an ergonomic chair is very important for your health, but adding in some stretching and little workouts throughout the day can help reduce any chances of developing back pain or other pains.

There are many helpful workout tips and exercises all over the internet, it’s time to put them to use! Try doing some desk push-ups or a few quick squats before you sit down. Your imagination is pretty much the limit here. If you find some exercises you don’t particularly enjoy, just look for some alternative ones that exercise what you are trying to exercise. There are books, videos and articles galore detailing exercises that can be done at work. You can choose from exercises that use your desk and chair and those that you do without using anything. Whatever you choose, get moving!
Feeling good and looking good can start at work. Not only will these little bursts of activity help you feel stronger and healthier, they can also help you be more productive at work. Getting your blood flowing will help you be able to focus better on tasks and get more done in a shorter time. Start incorporating simple exercises today to feel better about yourself in more than one way!

Staying Focused: Tips For Productive Work Days (Pt. 2)

Keeping yourself focused and on task is such a vital skill that we decided you deserved to know about some more tips and tricks to keep yourself productive and help you to keep conquering the day.

Staying on task and efficient isn’t just about pleasing your boss and being a stellar employee, it can help you  in your everyday life as well. Many students are familiar with the struggle of staying focused just like those of us that spend our workdays parked behind our computers. People that work from home must have the skills and ability to stay focused and be productive by ignoring distractions and seeing projects and tasks through until they are done.

When you are able to cultivate the skill to be someone that gets the job done, is productive, efficient, and reliable, you can carry that over into all aspects of your life and character. Learning this skill will help you save time by completing errands and tasks in a timely matter. This means more time for fun and living the rest of your life! To help you out here are a few more ideas to get you started!

Be Offline

Seems a bit counterintuitive if you are working on tasks that require the internet. Of course we don’t mean you should not access the internet for reasons related to your work or task. Instead we are talking about your cellphone, social media, chat rooms, and your email. Instead of getting distracted and checking notifications and all your accounts every few minutes, focus on getting the task at hand accomplished. Schedule short and timed social media breaks between your projects or tasks, if needed, but do not stay logged in on your computer and do not have your account open in another tab. Make sure your phone is on silent and put it away for a while.

Take It By Chunks

If you are facing an overwhelming project that just seems daunting, take the time to write it down and break it into smaller steps that you can handle. By doing this you will feel more capable, less stressed and will be more likely to make progress.

Take Breaks

This is our favorite suggestion. How can taking breaks help you stay on task and get more done? Taking breaks can refresh you and can give you new perspective on things that you have been working on for a while. One really great thing you can do with your breaks is to get moving. Take a short stroll down the hall or around the office to get your blood pumping a bit. This will make you feel more awake and can help you be more focused when you get back to your desk.

Staying Focused: Tips For Productive Work Days (Pt. 1)

We all know that feeling when you are sitting there at work with a million things to do and no desire to do them. Every ding of a new email, someone walking by, a peek at all our social media accounts, playing with the paper clips all suddenly seem like much better options…anything to avoid actually doing that project that is just not calling your name right now.

Since it is our job, we all know that we don’t actually get to just procrastinate the work forever. So here we compiled some good tips and ways to stay focused and crank through those not always thrilling tasks we are asked to do during our nine to five.

Get An Organized Work Station

This may sound repetitive and dull, but it really can do wonders. Take the time and effort to make sure that your work station is conducive to work and not distractions! Limit clutter on your desk and try to keep only the main things you need close at hand during work hours. Some people work better with a little bit of a messy desk, if that is you, try to work out a system that you like.

One thing that goes along with putting together an organized work station is your furniture. It is vital that you purchase a chair that is comfortable and supportive and works with your desk. Being uncomfortable or slowly losing feeling in your lower back is not going to help you stay focused. Find the right match for you!

Plan Ahead And Make A Schedule

This is a very good tip when it comes to having a lot of little things to get done that day. Make a list of everything you need to do and prioritize them. Cross them off as you accomplish them…this is surprisingly satisfying and will help keep you motivated to keep going.

Eat A Healthy Breakfast And Bring Some Snacks

Eating breakfast is a great way to fuel your morning, especially if it is full of healthy vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function properly. It is probably best to stay away from sugar filled toaster pastries or sugar coated cereals.

Bringing some snacks can be another good way to stay on task at work. When you start getting a little hungry it can be distracting. When this happens pull out your carrots, celery, or crackers and munch away while you keep working, or give yourself a five minute snack break.

Tune Out Distractions

If you are in a place that allows it, especially useful if you are working from home, wear headphones. This can help keep your mind on your task as it tunes out the noise from around you. Listen to music that helps you stay with what you are doing and isn’t itself distracting to you.

Important Things To Keep In Mind When Buying Furniture For Your Office

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It is no secret that often furniture can be a bit pricey for high quality, durable, and stylish pieces. This is one of the most important reasons you will want to make wise decisions when purchasing furniture for your office space. To help you make the best investment in your furniture buying escapade, we have compiled a list of things to consider before purchasing your first piece.

Cost

The very first way to slim down the choices you will have to make and filter out furniture options is to find a price range and stick to your budget. This should be your first step to avoid wasting time and energy looking at pieces that aren’t within your price range.

Purpose Of The Furniture

Obviously, you are going to be looking for specific types of furniture to fit the needs of your office and workspace. Keep in mind who will be using the furniture and at what times and assess the functionality of the piece for the purposes you have in mind. Make sure the bookshelf or desk you are looking at will be large enough or offer enough storage space for the needs the office has. No use purchasing furniture that fails to live up to your demands.

It is also very important to fully consider your employees needs when designing your office space. Providing your employees with desks and ergonomic office chairs is essential to their health, wellbeing, and productivity levels.

Using Your Available Space

Your office space is only so big, cramming in extra furniture or choosing pieces that are too large for your space is a quick way to lose your professional look. Make sure to take a good look at how much room you are working with before you set out shopping for furniture. Choose to use space saving furniture like a comfy bench or sofa in the waiting room instead of packing in arm chairs. Options are available, even for small office spaces. 

The Look

It is likely that you have a theme or color palette that you are trying to pull together in your office. Work with those same ideas when choosing furniture for your office. Match colors, textures, or themes to really give your space a finished look. If brands are something that you want to shop by, make sure to choose a high quality and durable line.

Remember that you will also need to do cleaning regularly and choosing furniture that is easy to clean and doesn’t stain can be a huge benefit, especially if you will be having children in your office.

Office Jobs, Stress, and Your Health

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It is too easy to get out of shape, develop unhealthy habits, and gain weight when what you are doing from 9 to 5 every day is sitting at a desk. Most likely, at the end of the day you feel too tired to hit the gym and you find your release by going home and vegging out on the couch watching your favorite Netflix series. Throw in all the fast food lunches, and maybe dinners, too, and your shape and health are going to start feeling the stress.

So how do you stop the ballooning and keep healthy and fit despite your desk job where your typing is about all the exercise you get for the week? Here are a few great tips and ideas for you to start implementing as soon as possible to start feeling healthier, happier, and even manage stress better.

Step one is your hydration and nutrition. We have all heard the statistics on how important diet is when you are working your way to a healthier body. This remains true when you get a healthy body as well. To manage a proper weight start in the kitchen. Try packing low-calorie lunches and healthy snacks to nibble on throughout your work day. This requires a bit of prep time the night or morning before, but it is well worth the pay off. Remember to bring a water bottle to help remind you to stay hydrated which allows your body to flush toxins effectively.

Be active as much as you can! Just because you sit at a desk doesn’t mean you have to have your bottom planted on that office chair all the hours you are there. Take short breaks to get up and walk around. Walk to the water dispenser to fill up your bottle, take a quick walk around the block at lunch, or park farther away than normal to increase your step count. Another important tip is to stretch throughout the day. Take moments to roll your head around your shoulders or stretch your back and legs to keep your muscles from getting too tight and keep your blood flowing.

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. They even overlap at times which can cause added problems if you’re neglecting one or the other. It is important to form healthy, professional relationships at work to avoid debilitating stress at work. Try encouraging your co-workers and boosting morale around the office to make things a happier and better place to work.

Overall, pay attention to your body and how you are feeling physically and mentally. Address any concerns promptly and take preventative and protective action regarding your health and wellness.

Keeping Hydrated From Your Office Chair

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Staying hydrated has long been considered as one of the most beneficial and simple things you can do to help keep yourself healthy. Drinking plenty of water every day helps keep your body functioning properly. Many of our body processes require water including our cardiovascular system, proper digestion, saliva production and even helps your body keep a healthy temperature. Sounds pretty important, right?

It can be very easy to get dehydrated and forget to drink enough water throughout a busy work day. With all the health benefits of staying hydrated, it is worth it to start trying some ways to increase your fluid intake while you are working away. Here’s a few ideas to get you started.

The first step in making a change for the better is to keep a full water bottle or cup of water on your desk while you are working. Simply having water in arm’s length and seeing it throughout the day can help you to remember to stop and take a drink.

If you aren’t a big fan of plain water, and many of us at least have days something else sounds a lot better, try getting low-calorie and low-sugar single drink mixes to change things up. If you enjoy drinking what you are drinking you are sure to drink more of it.

Sipping on a drink isn’t the only way to increase your intake of fluids either. You can get a lot of water and fluids from snacking on snacks with a high water contact like fruits and veggies. Bring some baby tomatoes with your lunch or pack an orange for your mid-morning snack. Melons are a great choice when it comes to trying to increase your fluid intake.

Now, a common saying about how you need eight glasses of water a day has been floating around for a long time. This isn’t necessarily true. What is true is that you should be listening to your body and taking cues from it. When you feel thirsty, make sure you stop and get a drink. If you are noticing that your urine is dark when you use the bathroom, this is another sign that you may need to start drinking more water throughout the day.

Staying away from foods and drinks that dehydrate you can be just as important as trying to increase hydration. Sugary drinks and food can often leave your body more dehydrated than when you started drinking it. Sugar takes a lot of water to break down so it uses up the water your body has available. Try limiting these types of drinks and foods to feel more hydrated throughout the day.