Papers take much longer to write these days thanks to social media, the constant assault of media, and many students having the attention span of a gnat. It may sound like torture, but the New York Times has a solution for you: the stand-up desk. That’s right, I dare you to try and not be a more efficient writer while typing your paper standing up.
Here’s an EduDemic secret for you: reading this website on a regular basis while standing up will burn calories and educate you at the same time. Give it a try! If you’re on a laptop right now, stand up and keep reading. You’ll be amazed or your money back.
(The guy on the right looks super productive, what with all those monitors not even on.)
This may be a helpful technique for you if you’re struggling to finish that final exam (it is the end of the spring semester after all) or paper and have hit a writer’s block wall. While you don’t actually need to purchase one of these desks (who has room for this thing in a dorm room!?), feel free to be inspired to put your laptop at a higher level and type while standing up. While I am the pinnacle of hypocrisy as I write this post while sitting…you don’t have to be.
The NYT author, Farhad Manjoo, says that he did feel a bit more efficient when typing a paper / article but typically sat back down for tasks like web surfing. It was also a bit harder to eat and drink on these elevated desks. One of the most interesting notes? He noticed that he was a lot hungrier on a daily basis when standing up a lot. This lends credence to the idea that standing up burns more calories than sitting. So be sure to stand up when typing that final paper, you’ll have a firm, toned, and exhausted body just in time for summer!
Take a good look at the image above of the two desks. Which do you think costs more? Would you believe one is more than three times as expensive?
Want to purchase one of these bad boys? The GeekDesk (on the left) shown is a 45-inch-wide desk that sells for $749. (The 79-inch model goes for $799. Shipping to the lower 48 states starts at $110; the desks ship unassembled.) The model on the right is the Elevate Adjusta is a *cough* bit more at $2,849 unassembled. The Adjusta is 35% off though if you mention the New York Times article (use promo code NYT35 when you call the company at 800-325-3841)