This post is sponsored by Collective Bias, Inc. and HP. All opinions are mine. #BTSwithHP #CollectiveBias
Hey there! Long time no talk, huh? I moved into my dorm room about a week and a half ago, and have just finished up Resident Advisor (RA) training. Training days were pretty long, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m, and afterwards, we worked on making bulletin boards and door decorations for our residents so they’ll feel welcomed when they show up to campus.
I’ve also been working to resolve some blog technical troubles (pictures weren’t showing up in posts, oh boy!), so hopefully everything around here should be running smoothly now.
This year, I actually got to move into my exact same room as last year. I kept a lot of the room’s layout the same since it worked well last year, but one change I’ve made is to the study set-up in my room. I do a lot of my studying in the library since I like studying near friends and I can usually be extra productive there.
But since there are definitely times that I do study in my room, I’m creating a better study set-up in my room this year. The first thing I’m doing to create a more productive and healthier study space is…
Sitting on a stability ball instead of a desk chair
I’ve noticed that when I sit at a desk, I tend to majorly hunch over as I type on my computer or read a textbook. My posture has actually gotten noticeably worse since I started college since I spend a lot of time at my laptop. For times that I study in my room, I knew I needed to figure out a better solution than slouching in my chair for hours at a time.So, I bought a stability ball on Amazon for about $15, moved the desk chair to the corner of my room for extra seating, and I’m now exclusively using the stability ball for working at my desk. It forces me to sit up straight and I can absentmindedly bounce a little bit while I type or read textbooks, which engages my core.
I originally bought a 65 cm ball, but I’m swapping it for the next size up (75 cm) so it’ll be a better fit for my desk.
As I bounce up and down while I study, I get to enjoy using my new laptop! This year, I got the chance to try out the new HP Notebook 15-ay041wmok. With a 15.6 inch HD screen, it’s a few inches bigger than the Macbook Pro I’m used to, but it actually weighs about the same. (4.75 lbs– this sounded like a ton, so I actually weighed both myself to check.)
My favorite feature is the touchscreen, which works really well and is fun to use. With the HD feature, there’s a noticeable difference in quality whether I’m viewing photos, videos, or websites. It also has a lot of hard drive space and the latest Intel processor. I think it’s a great, super affordable back-to-school laptop option for a college student.
For my second healthier study option, I created…
A makeshift standing desk
Like lots of people, I get antsy when I have to sit for long periods of time. So, I cleared off part of my tall dresser to use it as a standing desk. After days filled with lots of sitting in meetings, I love being able to stand up at my “dresser desk” at night when I’m on my computer trying to fix blog issues, working on my political science research, ordering textbooks, etc.
This way, I can stand up straight and look straight at my computer instead of hunching over to see it. There’s the added bonus that standing burns more calories than sitting, but mostly, I’m just hoping to get my posture back in check!
I originally thought about asking my dad to help me build a little platform to elevate my laptop on my desk, but I think I actually prefer this way. Another benefit? This set-up prevents me from tossing clutter on my dresser like I tend to do when I’m in a hurry.
A final benefit is that I get tired more quickly when I’m standing, which motivates me to stay on track and work efficiently so I can finish!
Up next, I’ll share a recipe or two, a “life lately” type of post, and a tour of my dorm room this year…
So tell me…
What are some tips or tricks you use to be healthier or more productive while you work?
Have you ever used a standing desk or a stability ball for a desk chair?