Standing desks are getting more and more popular every day. Thousands of experts talk about the health benefits of standing desks versus sitting all day. It’s unhealthy, shortens your life, and can contribute to general maladies.
In addition to these physical benefits, there’s another benefit that is less talked about: psychological.
You might be surprised to learn that some of the most notable people in history use or have used standing desks frequently. They have been used by innovators like Leonardo da Vinci to Mark Zuckerberg to Winston Churchill. These people have changed the world and have forever affected the world in unimaginable ways. But why do they use standing desks? Health benefits have only recently started coming to the fold, so surely it wasn’t just that.
Standing desks keep the mind active. Studies have shown that productivity enhances when you are able to stand and move. Compare this to sitting at your desk for upwards of eight hours, where you have nothing to focus on but the items in front of you. Instead of being locked into place, a standing desk unlocks your potential for movement and focus. Thinking begins to shift by approaching tasks not as a forced chore, but as an approachable task.
This allows for work to get done faster. Suddenly, the things you’ve been putting off have become a little more achievable.
Also, there is a subconscious attitude of command. Standing changes the way people look at you. By engaging in the act of standing, you are telling people you are an active, engaged part of your work space and all the things you do. That small detail can tell others you are in control of your world.
Former secretary general of the United Nations Kofi Annan replaced his desk with standing desks. When Annan would conduct affairs on behalf of the UN, the standing desk placement would put Annan in a dominant position within the conversation. Instead of being on equal footing in chairs, his standing desk would make other people literally look up to him for advice. It still was just a workspace, though.
Standing desks require a special commitment. It’s an easy commitment to make, but a commitment nonetheless. What is it?
It’s a promise to have a better you.
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