Gain Comfort Sit Less in Your Office Chair By Working More Productively

It's generally accepted that sitting isn't what humans were designed for and so it's perhaps not surprising so many people suffer discomfort as a result of working long hours in conditions which are poor for your posture.

Undoubtedly a good office chair will go a long way to making your working life healthier and more comfortable. Yet, in many ways it would really help if we could reduce the amount of time we spend sitting at our PC each day, the question is how?

The answer actually lies in making some simple yet effective changes.

The first is to follow the 80/20 principle in your work and understand we spend 80% of our time to get 20% of our results, or put the other way round just 20% of our time produces 80% of our results.

Whichever way you look at it the chance to improve our productivity is huge.

Begin for the next 3 days, by  keeping a daily log and note what you do and how long you spend on each task, because you need to find the tasks you are spending way too much time on which actually aren't productive at all. Next, pore through your notes and see what unproductive stuff can be eliminated and what productive stuff can be ramped up.

This then leads to the second part of the answer how to build the discipline to stick to working on your productive stuff, this just got a lot easier using this simple desktop application which helps you maximize the hours in your working day and gives you the correct framework to really get your working day highly productive and into shape.

Click here to discover more about how it can help you reduce the time you spend sitting in front of your computer each day and still get the stuff that matters done.

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Got a Junky Office Chair? Here Are 7 Tell Tale Signs

Here's a quick check list of 7 things frequently found on junky cheap office chairs, you've got to be really unlucky to suffer all 7 of them.

If you've got 3 or more then you ought to think seriously about replacing your chair with something better because it's doing you no favors.

This list isn't exhaustive, these are just some of the commonest problems.

1. Fixed arms – never seem to be where you want them especially the sort with a great curve in them, like we've all got curved forearms haven't we?

2. Poor back height adjuster – a piece of oval steel on the back plugs into a hole in the back of the seat mechanism. It's held in place with a single screw knob which just can't seem to resist working loose all the time. And to hide this piece of non-engineering it maybe has the luxury of a length of concertina black plastic which always manages to ride up and expose the tube it's supposed to hide.

3. Cheap seat foams – do you find after a short while of sitting back pain and discomfort sets in and it feels like the foam disappeared? Maybe it's totally flat anyway, give away sign is chair fabric that's all loose and baggy like clothing someone wore before they dieted.

4. Seat doesn't tilt – let's you sit at any angle as long as it's 90 degrees and after a day sitting like this your body will be aching all over and thinking it's morphed into a set square.

5. Chair has no tension adjustment – maybe you got lucky and are the same weight the manufacturer made the chair to suit. Chances are though it's not like this for you, if you're light built your chair will always dictate to you how you sit in it, you'll always be fighting it. If you're well built you may well experience being bounced all over the place because you're stronger than the chair's mechanism. Neither scenario is good, you just be comfortable or productive.

6. Seat doesn't adjust to your leg length – this is still a feature that is the exception rather than the rule on office chairs, 80% don't have it and yet it's key to achieving proper seating comfort. Look around any office you'll see the sufferers, short legged people perched on the seat edge because it's way too deep. Long legged people sat back in their chair and still their legs overhang the chair edge by a mile.
Are you suffering discomfort as a result of this missing adjustment?

7. Adjustment levers are loose and imprecise – do the adjustment levers on your chair slosh around, are they really awkward to operate and feel like you're stirring a cake mix? This is a common problem on cheap office chairs caused by poor design and low quality steel allowing excessive wear to build up in the moving parts.

Conclusion

So there you have it 7 tell tale signs which define junky office chairs. If your chair fails inspection on 3 or more of them, chances are you're pretty fed up with it anyway, so maybe it's time to look for a quality ergonomic office chair. Here's a summary of the reviews of some quality office chairs worth looking at.

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Why Office Chairs And Sound Systems Are Similar

Back in the day before technology advanced to its present level if you wanted a quality sound system you bought what was known as Hi-Fi and it was always recommended whatever your total budget was for your sound system , about 70% of it should be spent on the speaker system.

And there was a good reason for this because no matter how great the rest of your system was if the speakers didn't pass muster then neither did your system, they were quite simply the most important link in the chain.

All that super pre-amp and amplifier sound quality was sacrificed without top quality speakers to deliver the end result.

And guess what? It's exactly the same with your office furniture. Approximately two thirds of your budget should go towards your office chair because it's the brains behind your working experience.

Whilst it's nice to have a top quality wood veneered desk to work at, it's unlikely to make much difference whether you have it or a basic desk, it's essentially a work surface, although obviously there will be significant differences in terms of finish and styling.

The same isn't true with an office chair because it's actively involved in what you're doing as you move it needs to move and support you properly and healthily.

So, don't cheat your comfort and productivity with a cheap inflexible chair, instead make your office chair the highest priority item in any new office set up.

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