We all have some bad habits. Whether it is your love of junk food, too much coffee, or skipping your morning workouts, there are probably a few bad habits you would like to get rid of by the end of the year. But breaking your bad workplace habits is a great place to start. After all, we spend the majority of our daylight hours at the office. We at True North Desks want to help you break your bad office habits, so take a look at some of the worst offenders and how to let them go.
Sitting too much
Of course, breaking this bad habit is close to our hearts here at True North Desks. We know firsthand that a standing desk is the best way to combat the negative effects of sitting too much at the office. Exercise is great, too, but even your daily exercise routine will not counteract your sedentary lifestyle. An adjustable height desk is your best tool to keep you standing more during your day. It will allow you to stand for most of your work day, but sit when you need a break or some extra concentration. Check out our tips on how to adjust your body to standing desks at the workplace.
Again, with all the time we spend in an office, it can be hard to get outside and get your Vitamin D. Your mood is strongly affected (negatively) when you do not get enough sunlight during the week. Serotonin levels are increased when you soak up that Vitamin D, so be sure to get yourself outside, even if it is just for a few minutes at a time. Arrive to work a little early and take a stroll to a nearby coffee shop. Grab your cell phone and make your morning calls from a bench outside. Take your group on walking meetings rather than staying inside in a cold, fluorescent lit conference room, or take your lunch outside to a nearby park, which leads us to our next bad habit to break.
Eating at your standing desk, alone
Sure, some days you may be forced to eat your lunch at your standup desk while answering emails or going over details for a presentation. But try not to make this your normal routine. Social interactions are an important part of your workday. Building relationships with your coworkers is one way to improve your happiness at work. Grab a few friends and walk over to a nearby restaurant for a quick lunch out. Or have everyone bring their lunch to work one day a week and have a group picnic at the park near your office. Everyone will appreciate getting away from work for a bit and will come back in better moods after soaking up that sunshine.
All of these habits are easy to break, but the first step is getting a standing workstation in your office. Working at a standing desk is the first step to healthy living. Check out our many styles of standing desks and find the one that is best for however you work.