Why You're Not Working

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(Dmitri kindly translated this article in Russian as well.)

  1. You sit on your chair.
  2. You browse the internet.
  3. You get nothing done.

Why?

When you sit on your chair for freakish long time, you're relaxed like a Mother Bear drinking apple mutha-@^%$^% juice.

  1. Your pace is slow and methodical.
  2. You're sluggish.
  3. It's like you're high.

So, you get little done.

How to Get More Done

Two steps to do throughout the day:

  1. Stand up.
  2. Work.

Hip-hip-hooray!

What Happens When You Stand

Standing intermittently throughout the day increases your productivity by kabillions.

That's according to a study (pdf) by Miami University Researcher Marvin Dainoff:

The 'Non-Standers' were shown to take an average of 47% more workbreaks, with the average workbreak being 56% longer than the average workbreak of the 'Standers'.

(Here's an anecdote by Jamis over on 37signals.)

Standing-while-working (SWW) helps you:

  1. spend less time wasting time ("I'm standing! I don't want to tire my legs out!")
  2. take less breaks
  3. focus more time on rocking your work

You win.

Stand!

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Posted on May 01

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