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Setting Up Your Computer for Maximum Productivity and Comfort

October 20, 2017

Setting Up Your Computer for Maximum Productivity and Comfort

Comfort and productivity can both be boosted by more than a padded chair and a cup of coffee. Making sure your office is primed for ergonomic work can make all of the difference. The unnecessary aches, pains, and eyestrain are all easily avoidable.

Check out these tips below:

  • Adjusting your chair- Right Angle Rule - Your chair height and desk height should be positioned so that your feet rest comfortably on the floor at a right angle from your chair and so that your arms rest on the surface of the desk also at a right angle.
  • Positioning Your Screen - Your neck is it’s most ergonomic position when the eyes are only slightly below parallel. The center of the computer screen should be 15 to 20 degrees below eye level and you should try to be at least two to two and a half feet away from your screen.
  • Docking your Documents - One that we don’t often think about is where we are positioning the paper documents that we are referencing. If possible, being able to prop up your documents so that you can read them without moving your head can prevent neck strain and eye strain. A document holder can be helpful, as can re-printing your reference materials in larger, bold font so that you can read them easily.
  • Reducing Glare - You may need resituate your desk to avoid glare from overhead lights or sunlight through windows. Drawing the blinds  and replacing high wattage bulbs could really give your eyes a break.
  • 20/20/20 Rule - Give your eyes a rest! Every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  • Blinking - Your blink rate can slow by up to 80% when using a computer! You can use lubricating eye drops to increase blink rate, or “re-wetting” drops if you wear contacts.

Digital Eye strain can be a total productivity killer. Taking these steps as well as visiting your eye doctor regularly can send DES packing to make sure you’re working at your best.

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