Keeping It Real & Working at a Standing Desk

standing desk

Worn: Chained to my desk, killing my to-do list

Outfit details:
Dress: Old Navy
Sandals: Spring
Accessories: Ardene & Forever 21

I knew there would come a day in the 30 for 30 challeng I would not want to take a pic, I just didn’t think it would be day 4! I have so much work to do today, and my workday is shortened due to an appointment this afternoon with the kids, so I was really tempted to skip a day, but if you skip one, then you skip another, and so on.

It’s the same way with getting dressed in the morning, once you stop doing it once or twice a week, then it becomes a habit. I know it’s great dream to spend all day in your pj’s – but that’s what lazy Sunday’s are for. As someone who works from home and is completely in charge of my own productivity, I know all too well the importance of getting dressed. When I don’t dress the part of a lady with a “real job” then I find it all too easy to be distracted by Facebook, the television, or even dishes in the sink.

I was sort of hesitant to share these pics with you all (especially after all the fuss I made about curling my hair yesterday), but here I am, keeping it real – and apparently unwilling to smile. There are many days that I pull my slightly greasy hair back, and get to work – cause mama’s gotta make the dollars to buy all the shoes. (I know, I’m not cool, you don’t even have to tell me that). 

standing desk

Oh but wait – this blog post wouldn’t be complete without a random footnote now would it? So this is my standing desk. I’ve been using it full time for over 4 months and I just have to tell you how much I love it – let me count the ways …

? This is the first time I’ve placed a desk under the window and been able to actually enjoy the sunshine (I don’t have a view)

? I stand up when I really want to blow through some tasks. I usually set a timer and use the Pomadoro technique in partnership with standing and pacing. In the beginning it was hard to stand all day, but now I find that I can easily work standing up for 2 hour periods.

? I sit on my stool when I’m really focussed on something, or writing. (I am still on the hunt for a really comfy stool, mine is wood)

? My back hurts so much less than before, however, now I have to wear shoes all day, which kind of sucks. I am thinking of trying one of those gel feet mats though, if you have any recommendations, please share!

Hope that today’s post helps you feel better about keeping it real ladies – now it’s back to the to-do list for me!



  1. February 4, 2014 / 1:42 pm

    The have some nice mats at costco. Bath ones and kitchen ones.

  2. February 4, 2014 / 6:01 pm

    Great post. Especially your take on the stand UP desk. Been seriously thinking about getting one. Did you pick one based on reviews? Price? Or stand in the stores and test them out for awhile. But that would take some time, I’m guessing. And do you put your foot up on a stool at times. I’ve heard that helps too.

    Raj (the other “Raj” … The Masala-marinated YA – Writer Raj. 🙂 )

    • February 5, 2014 / 12:27 am

      I didn’t really do a lot of research before buying my desk – I was just at the store one day, saw one, and thought I need this! My desk has a little bar on the bottom that makes for a good spot to take turns putting my feet up 🙂

  3. February 5, 2014 / 7:01 am

    I love this dress, and this look.
    it’s looks just right for working at home.

    I know someone else who stands while she works on the computer. That way she doesn’t stay on too long. And you say your back doesn’t hurt? I can’t stand for more than 15 minutes at the kitchen sink without getting back pain — I wonder if standing a little bit each day might help strengthen it?
    But I do really like my comfy chair by the fire these cold winter days. 🙂

  4. February 6, 2014 / 11:23 am

    What a great challenge! I feel like since I quit my job and am now a SAHM, I don’t dress up as much. I do make a point to dress nicer on the days my hubby works from home. I need to do this challenge because I feel like I wear the same pieces all the time and there are some clothes that still have the tag on them. Nice to meet you from the mommy blogger group and love the name of your blog. My parents are from India and I could sure use a cup of hot chai right now!

    • February 7, 2014 / 9:15 am

      It’s a great way to get more use out of your wardrobe. If you aren’t ready to commit to a 30 for 30, how about a 15 for 15? Thanks for stopping by!

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