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Sick of sitting? Standing meetings pick up the pace.


Standing on the beach (southwest Florida).

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?

Author: Julie Mitchell

Julie Mitchell is an executive coach, facilitator, professional speaker and senior consultant who can help you create more positive working relationships, improve your performance, and achieve goals through understanding and practicing effective communication on every level.

3 thoughts on “Sick of sitting? Standing meetings pick up the pace.

  1. My qigong teacher sets his laptop on the breakfast counter and works standing all day. I’m older than he is and not nearly as fit, so I don’t stand, but I do get up every hour and do some stretches or walk on my treadmill for 10 minutes — otherwise I’m stiff (physically and emotionally). Also, I learned a long time ago when I’m suffering writer’s block to take a walk, smell the air, notice my surroundings, and almost always an innovative approach pops into my mind.

  2. We are moved when we move. We move when we are moved.

  3. Thanks, Mary and Nancy. You two have helped me to get up and get moving at key times in my life!

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