You do? You could be damaging your back, wrists and eyes.
Here are some pointers for good computing posture and ways to prevent injuries in the future:
- Sit with your back as straight as possible – use a small cushion in the small of your back if you need it.
- Arms should be best at 90 degrees to your back when using your keyboard to prevent strain.
- Wrists should rest, near the keyboard, NOT holding on to the edge of your laptop for dear life.
- Keep your screen or monitor roughly level with your heart and at a similar level to your keyboard and mouse.
- A desktop monitor should be in reach without having to stretch out your arms to be at the correct focal length to prevent eye strain.
- Keep feet flat on the floor with your knees bent at no less than a 90 degree angle. Use a foot rest in front of you if you have difficulty remembering not to fold your legs under your chair. Make sure your chair is at the correct height for this, if it’s not adjustable, use cushions or a foam pad to bring you up to a better working height.
- If you experience discomfort with continued use of your mouse, try investing in one of the many ergonomic mice available on the market today or perhaps a touch pad would be more suitable for you.
- Keep the brightness level on your screen at a comfortable level.
- Clean your screen regularly – they are dust magnets and that can cause eyestrain over time.
Keep yourself comfortable while you work, and one last word of warning – while you are so comfy… keep that coffee cup far away from your work space!
‘9 Ways to Keep Comfortable While Using Your Computer’ - written for File Genie by Freelance Writer Ruth Raymer @WritingWalking