Child Care and a Healthy Home Office – The Effect of Adjustable Standing Desks
Working at home is a mixed blessing, even more so after you have a child. You trade a fixed schedule that ends at 6 PM for flexibility, the freedom to care for your newborn while working, and a plethora of tantalizing distractions, your child being first among them. When you first “go back to work” and decide to devote some concrete hours to your business at home, it can seem impossible to manage your child and keep up with professional responsibilities. There are a number of strategies outside the scope of the HAWT Blog, but the good news is that an adjustable standing desk, and more relevantly height adjustable standing desks, can help a great deal.
The classic challenge is putting the baby down somewhere that will keep them calm and let them be awake and asleep at the appropriate times so you can work. If you’re by yourself, this can be very difficult, especially if your new child needs a lot of attention to put them to sleep. That’s where a great convertible desk that lets you stand while you work comes in.
One of the best pieces of advice from work-at-home parents is to divide your time. When you’re bouncing your child, you don’t have much attention to spare, so you can only do nominal work like scanning unimportant emails or catching up on the news. This is zero-to-one handed work. When your child will only sleep in your arms, you get to do one-handed work: catching up on short work emails, scanning budgets, reviewing and editing assignments and completing deliverables for example. The third portion of time is when you’re free because the child is fully asleep, safely in a crib, when you can hope to get more done, especially if you break your tasks up into 15 minute increments.
The secret is learning to leverage one-hand-time. And it’s much easier to do with a standing desk, because you can bounce and hold with one arm, while using your mouse and keyboard with the other. Reducing dead time and leveraging moments when your brain is unoccupied but your body is busy with the kid is that simple.
There are obviously other benefits of working at a stand-up desk that speak to the specific issues of having new children. For example, the lower back pain that is so common in parents who spend too long bent over changing tables and cribs is often exacerbated by poor posture at your desk. But height adjustable standing desks enable working while you stand, which helps alleviate this pain. And, as trivial as it sounds, if you don’t have to sit down to start working and then stand up again when you need to go tend to the baby, you can transition more efficiently.
Life as a work-at-home new parent can be exhausting, disheartening, and challenging on many levels. It’s important to find good advice and affordable products like height adjustable standing desks to help you as much as possible so you can reach the goals you set.