My Newest Addition

No, I did not have a baby. I did something much easier and less painful; I purchased a new piece of office equipment.

Last year, I read an article from Men’s Health on the health hazards of sitting at your desk all day (link below).  Since then, I have been looking for the perfect way to work while standing when I get tired of sitting.   The task has not been easy.  I did not want to totally convert to a standing desk; I did not want to spend a lot of money; I did want it to look nice; and I did need it to fit in a certain space.

Over the past year, I have looked at office furniture stores, IKEA, office supply stores, regular furniture stores and anywhere else that might have the perfect standing desk.  I had almost given up and decided on a laptop caddy with adjustable height, but I really wanted something with more desktop space.

Then, my mom went into the hospital for an extended stay.  While trying to work from my laptop in her hospital room, I decided to use the over the bed table/tray as a desk.  After sitting for hours, I stood up, adjusted the height of the tray and continued to work. Lightbulb moment!  It was perfect.

I looked into some medical supply companies online and found just what I was looking for. The size was right; the price was right (around $70 from Drive Medical).

I suppose it is fitting that a piece of office equipment I wanted for health reasons came from a medical supply company.  Sometimes it pays to think outside the box.

Update to Post:

A new study published in November 2011 shows that breast cancer and colon cancer may  be linked to prolonged sitting.






















2 Responses to My Newest Addition
  1. Practical Paralegalism
    October 3, 2011 | 1:57 pm

    Misty, I knew as soon as I laid eyes on the photo that it was hospital equipment, having spent so much time in hospital rooms with my youngest daughter (last weekend in fact). What a great idea!

  2. Misty Sheffield
    October 3, 2011 | 5:29 pm

    Oh Lynne, I am sorry you guys have spent so much time in hospital rooms. You are an expert in more than just paralegalism.

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Misty L. Sheffield is a freelance paralegal helping solos and small law firms in civil litigation. She has been assisting attorneys for over 12 years. Read More »