Internet Marketers: How To Make Better Use Of Your Time
Internet Marketing is a broad field and job descriptions can involve a great many tasks making the utmost efficiency necessary to complete all necessary tasks. Why not work smarter not harder? Who can be their most productive when suffering from a sore back, sore, neck, or other painful strain. The answer can be to improve your work area into an ergonomic work area. The first step is to examine your work area with a critical eye. Evaluate what works and what doesn’t then find solutions.
Here are some basic goals of an ergonomic work space design:
- The work area should be designed specifically for the tasks required by the specific user. They should also be adaptable for other purposes.
- The equipment should eliminate awkward posture and encourage proper posture- no slouching!
- It should eliminate excessive reaching
- It should eliminate repetitive movements
- The monitor should be clear to read easy to see
A basic evaluation of a work area can consist of:
Examine any pain or other symptoms you are having.
- Are you having lower back pain?
- Eye strain?
- Neck pain? Etc.
Consider possible causes.
- Lower back pain is often caused by a chair that does not suit the user.
- Eye strain and headaches are often experienced because a problem with lighting or the monitor display.
- Neck pain or shoulder strain may be caused by a desk that is not the right height, arm rests that are not properly positioned, or a keyboard that is too far away.
- Wrist and hand pain is often caused by a keyboard that is not suited to the user or at a poor angle.
Find solutions – it is possible to think outside the box on this one. If your feet do not touch the floor but a new chair is just too expensive consider a much less expensive foot stool. Your legs will get the support they need and you can save some considerable money. Another example can be lifting up the monitor on a few books to give it increased height if that is necessary. The solutions do not need to be expensive they just need to fix the issue.
Consider these checklists when investing in new office equipment, remember that you do not need to purchase everything at once, or at all, address your individual needs.
- You will want to have suitable wheels that work well depending on the type of flooring.
- Your chair must move in every direction easily with no squeaks.
- Be sure that your backrest cane be adjusted heightwise and at a different angle.
- Your backrest must be in the place so that your spine or lumbar portion of your back is fully supported.
- Be sure that the height of your chair is correct for the height of your desk.
- Make sure your feet are flat on the floor and you are sitting without hurting the backs of your legs.
- Pick a breathable fabric to prevent moisture.
- Also make sure there is ample cushioning on the seat.
- If you are short, get a simple footrest to help maintain proper alignment.
- Do not have your keyboard positioned too high on the desk. Get a pull out drawer.
- When typing, the elbow should form an angle of ~ 90-100 with the upper arm almost vertical, and your wrist should not be bent.
- When doing data entry, make sure the keyboard is directly in front of you.
- Look at your screen from your chair – the top of screen should be at eye level or slightly lower.
- View from a distance of 18-24 inches.
- Be careful that your screen is not getting glare from sunlight or reflections.
- Images and text on the screen are sharp, easy to read and do not flicker.
These are just some basic things to consider for the two most common culprits for muscle strain and pain. Investing in new items may not provide lower back pain relief or relief from any other existing problem, treatment may be necessary but these will help make a work area that allows an employee to be as productive as possible.
About the Author:
With the help of West Bend, WI chiropractors, Jason Monroe has been working on a series of articles featuring back pain,a subject that he is very familiar with, and the importance of developing an ergonomic work area. He has been a freelance writer and researcher for 9 years.