Temporary dinner-table-office ergonomics

temporary ergonomic setup of tablet PC

It is just after Christmas and I am enjoying a break from work.

We’ve had a wonderful time receiving my family and for the coming week we have very few social activities planned.

In between pottering about in my home and garden, I do get work-related inspiration. But the last thing I want to do is travel to my office in town and – with my husband at home – I don’t fancy working by myself in my home office room either. Usually I’ll just want to do a few minutes of work here and there.

But I do need to be careful of how I am working, even if it just for short stretches of time. If I screw up, my RSI will flare and make life uncomfortable until it settles again.

So yesterday, I set up a semi-ergonomic temporary work space at the dinner table.

Rather than using my Surface Pro in laptop-mode – with attached type cover and integrated mouse pad – I spent 3 minutes finding my wireless keyboard and getting my ergonomic rollermouse from my home office room.

A wooden box that contains a selection of teas serves as a prop to set my tablet screen a bit higher. If I had had a regular laptop, I’d have lifted the entire thing, still using the separate keyboard and mouse. That saves my neck from scrunching up while working.

Don’get me wrong, this setup is far from perfect! But for me, this it is all right for short stretches of work. And short stretches are all I intend to do during this week which is mostly about resting and relaxing.

If you notice that a headset microphone is missing, well spotted! You’re right. If I need to do some dictation, I’ll grab the headset that’s just out of sight in the photo. But I plan to do some website design work and I’ll readily admit that I find that much easier to do by mouse and keyboard than by voice.

Now I KNOW that the most ergonomic thing to do ver the holidays is take a break from the computer entirely, but that is not going to happen. I have many plans for the coming year and I’m so excited about all the developments, that I’ll be working a bit now and again 🙂

How about you? Do you make sure to work in an erconomic fashion even if it is for short stretches of time?

Janneke den Draak

Janneke den Draak

Hi, I'm Janneke and I'm your go-to person for Dragon and Apple speech recognition software help.

When I got severe repetitive strain injury issues over 20 years ago, I didn't want to give up using the computer. So I learned all about controlling the PC with speech recognition and dictating my documents and emails.

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