Thomas Jefferson Had A Standing Desk

April 29, 2018

Thomas Jefferson Had A Standing Desk

Let’s face it, we’d all like an edge when it comes to working harder, smarter and more effective. There are many different things to try from supplements to tips and specific routines. 

What we’re going to talk about here is something we as humans were designed to do…... stand. How does this play into the modern working era we are in now? Easy, standing desks. You’ve heard of them and have probably been considering getting one for a while (if you don’t already own one!). 

We instinctively know that standing and being mobile is better than sitting all day at stagnant, seated desk. Now science has stepped in to provide the facts and figures to support what we have always known – being on your feet for periods throughout the day, either through activity or a standing desk, boosts energy levels, creativity, and productivity. Those sales guys might have been onto something when they stood up to take their phone calls. In fact, in a recent study conducted by the Draugiem Group, they found 10% spike in productivity when individuals incorproated a standing desk into their daily routine. 

One of the reasons individuals find themselves more productive when they use a standing desk is increased focus. Standing gives you a sense of urgency to complete the task at hand and keeps your energy levels up throughout the day. Rather than turn to the energy shot at 3pm to keep you going, just get up and drink some water at your standing desk. 

At the end of the day, working upright can give you a competitive edge over your competition. Research conducted by the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health recently found that employees in a call center who used standing desks for a six-month period were 46% more productive than their peers who used stagnant, seated desks. 

This understanding is likely what inspired one of our pivotal founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, to commission a six-legged standing desk. Famed author Ernest Hemingway was equally enamored with working at his standing desk. Lesser known for his healthy habits, you can easily find photos of Winston Churchill working away at his standing desk -- cigar and all! These great minds all understood that their best work would be done standing, as we were meant to be. 

More than a modern trend, standing desks have been a part of great work for centuries and are here to stay. If you want an edge, we suggest making the investment.