When we first opened Urban Martial Arts, we had a small 1,500 square foot space that had just enough room for a mat, a front desk, a bathroom, and nothing else. Four years later, we were fortunate enough to be able to expand next door so that we now had 3,500 square feet.
But more importantly, I now had… an office!
Ah it was such a lifestyle upgrade to have a dedicated workspace. Especially since before, my “office” consisted of me sitting on a crate of Vitamin Water with my laptop perched on my knees. Not exactly conducive to productivity.
But the expansion had taken such a toll on our savings that we ran out of money to furnish our office. Then even after our cash flow improved, it always seemed like there were more important things to spend money on. So for the past two years, my “desk” was actually a $50 IKEA dining table, and my “office chair” was one of those cheap plastic folding chairs.
I didn’t mind it at first, but after awhile it got old. Especially since I started developing chronic pain in my right shoulder. I even started going to get acupuncture just to treat that shoulder. After awhile I realized that it was because my workspace was set up all wrong.
I started reading up on ergonomics and came across article after article extolling the virtues of sit/stand desks – desks that are adjustable heights, so you can work at them either sitting down or standing up. This was what I needed!
So I decided to look into the array of sit/stand desks available and found that they ran the gamut from $400 for a desk you had to crank up by hand (uh no thanks) to over $2,000 for high-end designer sit/stand desks that had electronic controls (too rich for my blood).
Then one day on YouTube, I came across some videos about ergonomics from a company named The Human Solution, an online retailer of ergonomic office products. I was really impressed by how informative their content was, so I took a look at their products and found the Uplift 900. It had electronic controls but unlike those chichi designer desks with the 4-figure price tags, it was just $699! And it looked great to boot. [Read more…]