About two months ago I hurt my neck.
It was silly, how it happened. I just slept in a funny position one night, and then BAM, excruciating pain. It lingered for weeks and wasn’t getting any better so I finally started seeing a chiropractor and physiotherapist.
My doc helped me feel better but told me that my neck wouldn’t properly heal unless I stopped doing the things that were preventing it from healing, namely, poor posture while using the computer.
It’s funny how it sometimes take a desperate situation to get you to take action and make a big change in your life. (Desperation or inspiration, that’s what Tony Robbins says, right?) I couldn’t work without my neck getting sore. Even a computer stand didn’t really help. It was awful.
Enter the Standing Desk
I’ve been hearing about standing desks for a while. They’re popular in the paleo community and people seem to have really good results with them. They run around $700 though, which is nuts! However, after finding this article, which teaches you how to build a standing desk out of Ikea furniture for $22, I decided to give it a try.
Now, I’ve never really thought of myself as a particularly “handy” person. I had never built anything before.
Although this project was relatively easy, there was something really empowering about it; just being able to say that I built something!
Take a look:
The best part? My neck doesn’t get sore anymore when I work!
Time to build more things or take a woodworking class? Maybe, just maybe…
Have you ever tried something that was way outside your comfort zone but gave you a real sense of empowerment?