I have realized several things since limiting my caffeine intake. The first was that my prior belief that my preferred sleep cycle was nine to ten hours was incorrect. It is more like ten to eleven hours. LOL. I'm not kidding! I have fiddled and experimented with this in the last few weeks and it just suits me.
The second realization was that after my headaches from caffeine withdraw ceased it became apparent that it is not the caffeine I crave but the warmth and the actual aroma and taste of coffee. It is an emotional thing. Good memories. Good feelings around a cup of hot coffee. So, it is fine at this point for me to enjoy decaf or hot tea. I can translate those feelings easily.
Third is that certainly I am part sloth. LOL I mean come on eleven hours of sleep? But, when I am awake I am more of a mover. I don't enjoy sitting. I am more lively and animated and feel better when I stand. Interestingly enough, I realized this while recording an upcoming IP radio episode. You'll hear it soon enough LOL but what happened was this:
I don't have an "office" at home. I have a space that is the stair landing of our upstairs loft. It is directly outside of our bedroom and is a cozy little space with inconvenient slanted walls common in many "loft" rooms. It isn't really conducive to a desk or an actual office. So, my "recording studio" is wherever I end up finding a quiet spot. Sometimes the man cave (basement), sometimes the dining room table, sometimes on the floor of the loft. It is annoying because my mic is not really at the right height, I get stiff from sitting at the table or on the floor blah blah blah...
So, I have been hearing a great deal about stand up desks from various sources. At first, what I was hearing went in one ear and out the other. That being, all the claims of them being better for our attention span, allowing us to not get the afternoon slumps, stay more engaged with our work... Then, getting ready to record I happened to walk past a mostly empty bookshelf to get my gear....and realized it was the perfect height for my microphone. Hmmmmm.... I don't know if you will be able to tell the difference when the episode comes out but the feeling on my end was completely - wow, THIS is me. THIS is how I like to work.
When I'm awake I'm a mover and a shaker is what I'm saying! I can't be stuck in a chair. Nobody puts Gilly in a chair. HA HA HA. So, I thought if it works for recording, what about my desk at work?
My office was due for a change anyway. It was making me feel constricted. My desk was set up in a traditional manner wherein when someone walks into my office they are facing me from the other side of my desk. I like to foster engagement in my workspace. My particular job involves a great deal of interaction with managers, idea exchange, planning, brainstorming. I don't like sitting across a desk from people unless it is needed to establish boundaries. I began thinking that should I need to do that I would meet them elsewhere anyway, as my office is actually in the back of the building away from everyone else. Not a good meeting spot for a possibly volatile situation at any rate.
So, what I did was move my desk to one wall, opening up the entire middle of the room. Then, I fashioned a removable standup option for my laptop that simply sits on the top of my desk. When I do need to (or just want to) sit down, I take the topper off and pull my chair up. This leaves the middle of the room for my famous "circle meetings" which are basically my version of a roundtable without the table. It also leaves room for me to throw out a yoga mat and sit in the dark at lunch if I am feeling like I'm gonna kill someone that day. LOL.
In the last two days I have actually not sat down at work until approximately 2PM. Both times it was because I needed to work on something fairly detailed and it felt like being seated would help me concentrate. Other than that I've been standing. Next - Vibrams. I wonder how they will look with dress pants?
Trying to live well in every way...and sometimes laughing about it later.