I have seen a lot of articles of late on how to achieve the desired posture while sitting at my desk.
I didn’t use to have to worry about this kind of thing.
The folks who requisitioned my office furniture did.
But I home office — like more and more workers out there — so now the ergonomics of our home office space is up to us.
You can spend a lot of money on desks and chairs and ‘strategery’ your layout, but some spine czars say simple things like putting a pillow behind your back can make a big difference.
My favorite piece of advice?
Put a book on your head. Your body automatically aligns itself to maintain balance. I’ve tried this one, and it works — on me, a little too well.
You see, my head is really flat. I can slump and the book stays.
(That’s why I like this method so much.)
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I have a home office, and often keep the TV on for a little background noise in the apartment.
This afternoon I am working on the couch in front of the TV. The sound is down low, so it’s more of a pleasant hum than a distraction.
But then this image filled the screen during a commercial break —
Geez oh pete, HBO…don’t throw around the Black Swan willy-nilly.
That’s some seriously scary shit.
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Are these sticky notes a ‘good thing?’
Of course they are. They’re Martha Stewart Sticky Notes.
You heard me. Martha is branding sticky notes now. Applying her custom colors — and what appears to be tiny notches — to the corner of everyday stickies.
They are supposedly super sticky — more so than the regular Avery brand that Staples carries. And Martha has handpicked the colors, so they will coordinate with any other Martha accessories you have in your kitchen or home office.
Because using sticky notes that don’t match your home decor?
That’s definitely not a good thing.
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The last day of 2011. Blogs are filled with the year in review, ‘best of’ lists, and previews of what’s to come.
Me? I’m just psyched about my new calendar.
We may be living in a digital world, carrying our lives around on our smartphones, but I still love selecting the wall calendar that hangs over the desk in my home office.
It used to be a no-brainer — the New Yorker dog cartoons calendar every year. And then they stopped making it two years ago.
So now I journey to Barnes & Noble, not knowing what calendar on the racks and spinners before me will catch my eye. But this year’s selection was an exciting combination of all the things I hold most dear:
Dogs. Movies. Celebrities. Kitch.
Yeah, that’s a cat. But he wasn’t dressed up for the photo. All the Jack Sparrow-ness was digitally added later.
There’s also Andy Warhol. And Austin Powers. Dame Edna. Mother Teresa.
Yep. It’s gonna be a good year.
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Some weeks are all about work.
This has been one of ’em.
I’ve sat at my computer all day, every day, and most of the evenings, too, just trying to get it all done.
But today is my reward. Today is all about play.
I have the UK-Florida basketball game at noon, which is being broadcast on national TV (thank you, CBS). I have tickets to see “A Little Night Music” at the matinee at 3pm. And then tonight, there’s the Oscar red carpet and awards show telecast, which will start even before I get home from the theater.
Entertainment extravaganza to the max!
I feel like I live my life to extremes — either all work or all play. This week is a perfect example. But since today is the play day…well, I’m okay with it.
(I’ll go for balance next week.)
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