Arms, back and legs
Let me show you how my working spot looks like:
Let’s talk about how I made some improvements in my way of working so I could improve the ergonomics of the thing (because we have already heard much of the theory behind it here and there).
Based on the knowledge I got from specialized websites and tips from fellow translators, I set up this home office and there are some important elements in it:
- A really comfortable chair. Its back goes up to the neck and provides support for better distribution of body weight; it also allows me to take some good resting and stretching sessions. Another feature in that chair is the armrest. It helps keeping our elbows at 90 degrees, which is the correct position for us who work for long hours in the same position.
- Because I’m too short and the 90 degrees rule is also valid for knees, I use a footrest. This way I won’t be putting too much pressure on my back. If you are tall enough and your feet can touch the floor, then you don’t need this appliance.
- I opted for Wi-Fi keyboard and mouse. This way I can move them freely in order to find the most comfortable position and I don’t have to worry about moving the screen around together.
- Everything is at hand and this is good. It is important that all your stuff is within easy reach or far enough so you have to stand up to take it. Don’t bend over the table to reach things. Besides the books, pens, and other stationery, I also have a set of drawers at the right where I keep important documents.
- The guitar hero drum has nothing to do with ergonomics. Neither do the photos nor the flowers, but they help to set a nice environment. The box on the floor contains other books and dictionaries. One of the next steps is setting a couple of shelves on the wall so I can place them.
What is wrong about this scenario
There are a couple of things wrong here and changing them is a work in progress.
I should get a first-class keypad and mousepad. This is certainly very important in order to set better conditions and make sure my body is at the right position while I’m working.
A curtain is missing and this brings the natural lighting is an issue, but we will talk about this and other eye-related ergonomics issues next week.