Setting Up Your Workstation – A Quick HowTo

The great thing about the internet is there is so much out there!  Anything you want, you can find.  The terrible thing about the internet is there is so much out there and it is ridiculously easy to get bad information.  So one thing we’ll do hear is to comb through information, throw out the bad, and bring you the good.  And that’s what I’m writing about today.

Ergonomics is not rocket science, it’s more like a forgotten science.  It once was all the rage and people had funky looking keyboards, under-the-desk trays, and all the works.  Now….  Not so much.  In a world of laptops, working at the local coffee shop, shared desk space and communal work areas, ergonomics doesn’t seem practical.  It has been swept under the table.  (It’s also a much less straight-forward when you are on the go.)
On to the post.  Here is a great overview from Sharon Vaknin at CNet:

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In watching this video there are a few things to watch out for, especially when choosing a keyboard tray:
  1. Did you notice when she was typing on the keyboard tray?  It was wobbling.  If you end up getting one, don’t skimp, get one that doesn’t wobble.  And, by the way, keyboard trays are only good if you know how to touch-type.  If you don’t, then you’ll be robbing Peter to pay Paul by introducing additional neck strain.
  2. If you decide to place your mouse on the keyboard tray, you’ll probably need a good mousepad because the keyboard tray’s surface tends to be designed for the keyboard.
  3. Many keyboard trays, including the one pictured, are not wide enough to give you room to use your mouse effectively.
What I really like about this video is that it is quick and to the point.  Sharon demonstrates everything and if you have all the equipment, then setting things up like this takes no more than 10-15 minutes.