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5 Ways to Beat Desk Fatigue

If you work at a desk, you know what I’m talking about.  At some point during the day, the dreaded “Desk Fatigue” sets in and you start to feel the walls closing in around you.  Your eyes start to hurt, you find yourself stretching constantly and your mind begins to drift.  Here are five ways to escape from the misery.

trapped in computer Adjust your monitor brightness.  For the longest time, I had my iMac set to maximum brightness.  It didn’t seem that bright to me, but I would start to get headaches after a few hours.  Once I lowered it down into a more normal range, I was shocked at how much easier it was on my eyes.

Stand up and talk!  Who says you have to sit down when you talk on the phone?  If you are like most people, you probably get several calls a day.  When you answer the phone, simply stand up.  If your job doesn’t require you to be at your computer – even better.  You can walk around while talking.  Just this little bit of movement helps to break up the hours of sitting.  I guarantee you – if you ever talk to me on the phone, I’m probably going to be standing up.

Get your eyes checked.  Nobody wants to admit that their vision is getting worse, but it happens.  If your vision needs a little help, you can prevent a bunch of eye strain by wearing glasses or getting a corrective procedure done.  The first step, however, is to determine if there IS a problem.  Make an appointment and get your eyes checked by a professional.  It is a very solid investment in your health.

Exercise your eyes.  I’m told a lot of eye problems come from us focusing on one distance (our desktop monitor) for too long at a time.  I always make a habit to look away every 15 minutes or so.  I will pick something in the next room or outside and focus on it for a few seconds, then return to work.  I’m not an eye specialist by any means, but it does seem to recharge my eyes a bit!

Vary your tasks.  If you have three things to do, you don’t necessarily have to do them one at a time.  By working on one for an hour, then working on the next for an hour, you will break up the monotony of the day.  Doing one task for several hours causes you to lose focus and makes the day drag by.  Try mixing it up every once in a while.

These aren’t drastic changes we are talking about here.  Just a few small adjustments to your daily routine.  Give them a try and see what you think.

Got any other ideas?  If so, I’d love to hear them.  Take a second and share what YOU do to avoid desk fatigue.  Don’t worry – your boss probably doesn’t visit this blog!

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About Larry Lourcey

Plano portrait artist, Larry Lourcey, holds the designation of Master Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2007.  Several of Larry’s images have been selected for the prestigious PPA Loan Collection, including an image displayed at Imaging Asia in 2005. While Lourcey is most recognized for his black and white photography, the breadth of his work includes vibrant photo paintings, Polaroid transfers, and photographic collages.  He derives his inspiration from master painters like John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas, while embracing the bold styles of more modern greats; such as Pino Daeni. In his free time, Larry enjoys trying to find free time. Follow him on Twitter as @larryphoto

About Larry Lourcey

Plano portrait artist, Larry Lourcey, holds the designation of Master Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2007.  Several of Larry’s images have been selected for the prestigious PPA Loan Collection, including an image displayed at Imaging Asia in 2005. While Lourcey is most recognized for his black and white photography, the breadth of his work includes vibrant photo paintings, Polaroid transfers, and photographic collages.  He derives his inspiration from master painters like John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas, while embracing the bold styles of more modern greats; such as Pino Daeni.

In his free time, Larry enjoys trying to find free time. Follow him on Twitter as @larryphoto

Comments

  1. Thanks for the tips on beating desk fatigue, I really need this for I am into my desk for more than 8 hours a day…and this giving me headache most of the time.

  2. I remember the day I drove the 23 miles of freeway home, and all the white lines were double. I took eye breaks seriously after that.

    K

  3. I’m going to put my monitor on a rotating platform so that I’m only viewing the screen half the time. That should cut my eye fatigue in half.
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  4. Yes, definitely take a break to look at other things every once in a while. Also, since you tend to stare directly ahead, look out of the corners of your eyes to give your vision a break.

  5. Stay in bed…. :)

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  6. Larry, I love the point about standing up to talk (even though I don’t spend too much time on phone). Should I do the same for our Google hangout? ;)

    I think that for me was the single biggest takeaway! I spend a lot of time behind my laptop, and like others, suffer from desk fatigue (bad back is the worst of it!). But mixing it up helps me to keep things fresh.

    Does anyone else find that they lose focus on a task after a couple of hours? Maybe I am just impatient!
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  7. Any little excuse to get up and move around helps. Go get a drink of water. Print to the printer farthest away from the desk. Walk to someone’s office to ask a question.
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  8. Wow this blog is really cool -great variety of information and it see s mi da liberal (right-minded) too. I like to adjust my chair height throughout the day to keep my energy up and give my back a nice break.

  9. I liked the tip about standing up while on the phone, I’ve been meaning to pick up a Bluetooth headset instead my comfy old wired thing that resembles one of those girl’s headbands from grade school back in the 60′s.

    I work from a home office and try to take my Border Collie for a five minute walk a couple times per day, he needs the exercise more than I…

    Dave

  10. Eye exercises always helps to reduce eye strain and gives my eyes a well needed break from focusing on the screen. Good idea re breaking up work-I find when I do that I feel more productive an dont tire so quickly.

  11. Having a small home office, I understand what you mean by the walls closing in! Great tips, I like to break up the day my taking a moment and getting outside, fresh air is a great pick me up!

  12. Great tips.
    On a different note, I love how when posting comments, I am not required to decipher a blurry word and number combination. I tend to shy away from posting on blogs that require that of me :-)
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  13. As a communications professional and a writer, I admit, I spend far too much time at a desk at work, and then additional time behind a desk at home. These are great tips. I think I actually am guilty of the “extra bright Mac screen” – checking that one first!
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  14. I’m in the midst of writing an essay right now and stopped to read some blogs :) I’ve just adjusted my computer brightness and my eyes actually feel better!! one way I avoid desk fatigue is by having a handy cup of tea by my side :D

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