In Mexico, Felipe and I practiced something we called “sticks and mud technology” we made it work with what we had, which sometimes was sticks and mud.
I had several “offices” that were built on this principle, with crossed fingers and a lot of walking in search of a signal.
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Sometimes I worked out of internet cafes, they had their benefits and challenges. Benefits; chairs, food if one has money, pretty good signal. Negatives: usually, a really smelly bathroom, vicious mosquitos that breed there, and video games played at sonic volume at the computer next to you.
This was a particular favorite of mine, the hazardous waste desk. It was behind the clinic in La Tigra and just happened to have the best signal in town.
The hazardous waste office made me feel really dedicated to my craft.
But, things are quite a bit cushier in Nicaragua, I have an office chair!
I got the office chair because my back was bothering me, and it did help, but the problem persisted so I went back to the sticks and mud approach and asked Felipe to make a sofa desk for me. Just like the one I had at the Piedra Rahada. I wrote three books and over 200 posts with this little desk made of a sawed-off plastic garden chair.
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Even with the new office chair, and sofa desk I found I was having back pain. The solution? A standing desk! An end table topped sofa desk! Sticks and mud at its finest.
I would love to hear how you make yourself comfortable working at home. I’m also up for advice on back health for writers.
I must say that your current stand-up office is probably the best for back pain. However, you have to set a timer and every 20 minutes do a downward facing dog yoga position for 5 minutes to stretch your back. I have to set a timer when I’m at the computer or I get involved and create a rigid back.
Another option for the stand-up desk is a large exercise ball used as a chair for a lower desk.- the movable ball creates isometric exercises.
Yes, I do take pretty frequent breaks, but setting a timer is a good suggestion. Thanks Margie!