As any good craftsman will tell you, caring for your tools is an important part of doing good work. What it’s easy for us to forget when we write is that our most important tool is our body.
Not that I’m an expert, but this series of posts will cover some useful things I’ve learnt over the years.
Let’s start with some basic ergonomics:
- There’s plenty of resources out there, but the basics of good workspace ergonomics are to keep knees, hips and elbows all at right-angles and not tot let your elbows float out to the sides, (have them near your torso all the time).
- Relating to that last point, have your mouse close so your elbows don’t float.
- With the above in mind, sit in a relaxed posture – the goal isn’t to be ram-rod straight, it’s to reduce tension.
Now a lot of desks / tables and chairs we use for writing don’t meet the ‘right-angle’ rules. In those cases it’s best to lift your feet or your butt (or both) up higher to try and get your shoulders and elbows in the right position. Phone books and cushions are handy tools here…