Yesterday, I sat down with a terrific new colleague in his office. Nothing unusual about that, and sitting was appropriate for the work we were doing. However, by early evening I had been seated all day, hunched over my laptop, in meetings, driving, or at the piano bench for last-minute practice (I’m playing a volunteer gig this weekend, but I digress).
I felt sleepy, fuzzy brained, cramped and unmotivated. Was I coming down with the flu? No. I was simply sick of sitting. Once I was upright and mobile, my symptoms were greatly relieved.
Perhaps it’s due to my age, slouchy chair posture, impatience or a combination of factors, but I feel increasingly uncomfortable and sluggish if I have to sit for long. Here’s an interesting Wall Street Journal article about companies promoting standing meetings. I’m in favor of them, along with walking meetings as healthy, productive options to the usual sit-downs. I agree that folks may be more present, focused and efficient when standing. What do you think?