Open Thread: A Comfortable and Pain-Free Office…

a comfortable and pain free office

2018 Update: We still think this is a fascinating discussion of how to have a comfortable and pain-free office — but you may want to check out our more recent discussion on how to get better ergonomics at the office.

Here’s something we’re curious about:  How many of you have picked out your own desk chairs, keyboard drawers, and so forth in an effort to make your office more ergonomic and comfortable? Which brands have you found to be the best?

We’ve read a million articles about how — without the right set-up — your office could be causing you back pain, headaches, eye strain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and more. In terms of eye strain, we’ve noticed a huge difference in a flat-screen monitor versus one of the old CRT monitors.  We also prefer a keyboard tray versus having our keyboard sitting on top of our desk.  Otherwise, we are far from experts on the subjects, so thought we would turn to you guys.  Does anyone swear by the Aeron chair?  Did changing the “refresh rate” for your monitor change your life?  Do tell — what are your best tips for a comfortable and pain-free office?

(Pictured:  Ergonomics matters, originally uploaded to Flickr by Ezu.)

Further reading:
Office Ergonomics, WebMD

How to Ease Back and Neck Pain at the Office, eHow

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Nessa Admiral-Front Sweater

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Nessa admiral-front sweaterAaaah, loving this sweater from Marc by Marc Jacobs today.  The deep V-necked opening — great.  The flounced detailing at the waist — love.  The stand-up collar — amazing.  We even like the super wide lapel and the double button placket all the way at the bottom.  It’s $290 at Net-a-Porter in sizes 4-10.  Marc by Marc Jacobs Nessa admiral-front sweater

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Weekend Open Thread

ADAM Long Halter DressSomething on your mind?  Chat about it here.

Our casual recommendation for this weekend is this gorgeous halter dress, which is part of ShopBop’s 70% off sale — in our minds this will be perfect for that vacation we keep planning to take.  We love subtle yellow and pink swirls throughout the pattern.  It’s $179 (was $595) at ShopBop.  ADAM Long Halter Dress

Weekly News Round-up

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first class glamourJauntsetter suggests ways to add some first-class glamour to your next trip in coach.  (Pictured: so they bumped me up to business class, originally uploaded to Flickr by holycalamity.)

The WSJ’s The Juggle ponders the trade-offs and choices that working mothers make to juggle career, family, and self.

– For all you job-seekers out there – the WSJ advises how to write a good cover letter to go with your resume.

– We got an e-mail from Accounting Degree telling us that we were listed as one of their Top 100 Blogs for women in business — thank you, Accounting Degree!  It’s a pretty great round-up — obviously, they have great taste! ;)

Jeri’s Organizing & Decluttering News reviews The Hamster Revolution: How to Manage Your Email Before It Manages You.

Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Metallic Cardigan

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Newport News Metallic CardiganWe always love a good sweater blazer, and this one from Newport News is no exception. We like the way it has the comfort of a sweater but the authority of a jacket, and we think the gray color gives it a ton of possibilities for outfits. Furthermore, the cable knit detailing on the sleeves and the front looks flattering and interesting.  It’s $45 at Newport News (formerly $99). Metallic Cardigan

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Coffee Break: Sun Kiss Hobo

Steve Madden Sun Kiss HoboWe like this simple blue hobo by Steven — it’s a great size to fit your latest paperback or a few papers from the office, as well as all your stuff.  It comes in black, red and blue (at Endless) and brown (at Piperlime), but we love that dark blue color, pictured — perfect for one of the many (many) khaki or white trench coats we’ve seen this season.  It’s $198 at Endless for the blue, black or red (and the brown is $228 at Piperlime). Steve Madden Sun Kiss Hobo

 

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