Working At A Computer In The Wrong Chair Is A Bad Idea

When you work at or use a computer for long periods using the wrong type of chair is not a good idea.

I frequently see comments on social media sites where people complain about their back and legs killing them and admitting they are working in a dining room chair or on a sofa.

These types of seat are just plain bad news for working at a computer for extended periods of time and here's why.

Take dining room chairs, they may keep you upright however they also keep you fixed and rigid and this is very bad news for your posture and back as aches and pains will soon set in.

Also as the chair is likely 4 legged it won't swivel when you do, so you'll be under strain as you twist from side to side.

Sofas are probably even worse for working at your computer, typically a laptop. The soft spongy cushions on the average sofa will soon have you slumping and rounding your back opening up your spine and discs which is not good at all.

So, if you are working regularly at a computer in your home office you need to get a proper ergonomic office chair designed for the job, here are the key features you need to insist on when making a choice.

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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.

What are your pet office chair hates?

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Will You Be Making A New Year Office Chair Resolution?

I'd like to start this post by asking a question.
Would you buy a Pentium 1 computer running Windows 95 with a 15 inch vga monitor as a business tool? Highly unlikely, nor would anyone in their right mind either.

And yet it's amazing how many people will do precisely this as they either continue to suffer the woeful inadequacy of their present office chair or eventually concede it's got to go. They do no more than go out and waste $75 on some perch on wheels in a close out sale misleadingly described by the seller as an ergonomic office chair.

Things are going to be tough in business in 2009 and it's likely that we'll all be busier as a result. Those doing badly will have to work much harder to keep their head above water and those who continue to do well will likely be working harder too because of all the additional work they land as others fall by the wayside.

So, it becomes more important than ever to make sure you look after yourself at work.

An office chair really needs to be seen as an investment, an investment in you and your health for the long term.

And now I'm going to upset you a bit more because it's time for another question.

How much should you be looking to spend on an office chair to get something which will truly be of benefit to you and last you for many years?

Well the answer isn't $200, it's at least $400 minimum and upwards, sorry that's reality, OK you might be lucky and be the perfect size and weight for something a bit cheaper, however don't count on it.

And for those of you between 20 and 30 maybe it doesn't seem such a big deal, you could probably sit on splinter ridden tea chest all day and feel no side affects. However, I can assure you as the years go by the aches and pains will increase and you'll wish you had done something about it earlier.

No it doesn't mean we've all got to buy Aerons, there are plenty of quality ergonomic office chairs which will serve you just as well and cost a lot less too.

So what's the answer? Well begin by reading which essential features you must insist on for your office chair. Next, here's a quick summary of reviews of some quality office seats.

Although it best to try before you buy, 5 minutes sitting pulling levers in a display chair in the local store won't hack it, you won't actually know if it's right for you until you've sat in it for at least a couple of days.

You may be lucky and have a specialist retailer nearby who is prepared to loan you a chair to try and that's great if you can find one.

Your other option then is to buy online and any genuine online store will have a 30 day return policy, giving you plenty of time to make sure the chair is right for you. True, you'll likely have to pay return freight if you send it back, so make sure it's reasonable before you commit to buy.

And if funds are really tight and you can't afford to buy the chair you need, don't go and blow it on another $100 junk chair. Instead, save a little each month until you can afford the right chair you'll be glad you did.

So, if you've got a sub-standard office chair causing you pain and discomfort and impeding your productivity maybe this is the time to take action and make that change – your choice.

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