The following optimization problem
- I want my systems and environment to facilitate flow, harmony, order, clarity, productivity, creativity, problem solving capacity etc.
- I want them to be robust to a fair amount of travel
Here’s a bunch of complaints about the state of ergonomics for knowledge workers:
- We inherited incredibly inadequate equilibria reached by last generations. People working on chairs, a modern torture device. Computer monitors with tiny screens displaying information in 2D, with limited data structures and easy to clutter.
- Sitting is terrible. Worse than smoking in general, particularly bad for my back pain.
- That said, some of the best productivity tools are best used while sitting. Big screens have
- Computer environment confuses my brain, I often feel lost. Tools that are supposed to keep me on track often simply add to the clutter.
- Good solutions are often quite involved (a combination of multiple devices and paper) and not robust to travel and frequent environmental change.
- In an ideal world, I would be able to spend a lot of time on the initial investment to make these systems better, but there are significant trade-offs with object-level work as the tasks are similar in nature.
Partial solutions so far
- Standing desk. Helps with a few things but still not great for my posture and I can’t last as long in a state of focus
- Kneeling chair. Mildly better for hip flexors but still severe pain between scapulae. Also doesn’t
- Intervals of working and exercising (10-2, 10-10)
- Walking, working on tablet, plus stopping to adjust things on computer when needed. Relies on internet, not possible everywhere, many tasks not suitable for tablet.
- Squatting. My knees don’t last long. Also hard to work productively.
- Sitting cross-legged / kneeling in couch. Often good, works at home, takes a while to set up if I want an external monitor.
- Walking a lot, working on tablet / phone. Generally great but weather dependent and limited by
- Walking a lot, stopping at benches
- Android Apps for controlling computer from afar
- Learn to break down tasks and
delegate to others who don’t mind sitting at computer as much
- Dictation. Still somewhat clunky and only possible when I’m alone.
- Try the Stephen Wolfram thing.
- Bracing for my back
- Swiss ball
- Balance ball on chair
- Invest in a high-quality chair
- Error margins (works for stupidest self)
- Better task decomposition and allocation in time may be the way forward.