Turning my Desk into a Standing Desk!

As I’ve gotten older it seems I have been exercising and working out less and less. This is never good and teamed with sitting down most of the day as I work it is definitely not a good thing. It seemed I was getting more and more tired every day, and half-way through the day I would just crash. This of course would effect my productivity and quality of work so I decided to do some research.

After seeing this infographic, reading this article and a few others just like it I found that one of the problems could be that I sit most of the day. So I went looking for standing desks. To my surprise they were very expensive and not something that I really could see in my office. I first decided to prop my keyboard, mouse, and displays up and stand in front of them. This did work, but was not very comfortable and my desk looked like a mess!

I eventually took the props down and was back to sitting. I knew if I actually was able to raise my desk I could stick with it and actually have a real standing desk. I talked to my dad about it and he made me 3 wood blocks that I could set my desk up on.

So far I’ve had my desk like this for 2 weeks and I don’t feel like changing it anytime soon. Having this higher desk means that I am standing most of the time and when I am not I do have a stool, but I try and not use it when I don’t really have to. Having my desk up higher it seems I tend to keep it cleaner and I have more room under it for things. One thing I would suggest if you do want to move to a standing desk is that you get a floor mat for your feet, standing on a hardwood floor all day is not fun!

Pages Back and About Me Updated!

One thing I did not notice when I updated the blog to this theme back in January was that the pages sort of disappeared! They were actually set by default to a “Page” template that I never setup on the theme so when you would click them they would just reload the blog. I have fixed the problem so now my About Me and Contact pages actually work!

I only discovered this issue after I went to update my About Me page. I had not updated that page in years and it seemed that it needed a face lift since it was the same three sentences I quickly came up with a year ago. Now it really tells you a little bit about me and what this blog is all about. I have also included a “Hit List” of my favorite blog posts of all time. I still have the same picture on the page from my 2008 trip to San Francisco. I need to find a more updated picture, but that will take some time to find! Anyways, just a quick update! I hope everyone is enjoying their week!

A Week Vacation – Was it Worth It?

You know it is not often I go on vacations, something I want to change very, very soon, but when it comes to going on vacations many people make up excuses for reasons they cannot go. When my buddy Adam asked me to go to Hilton Head with him for a week some of those same excuses popped up in my head… “What about work?”, “Can I afford it?”, “I will get behind!”, etc etc. I knew in the back of my mind that I wanted to go on vacation and that it was almost needed at this point so I told myself I am going on this vacation.

Burn Out
No matter if you work a 9-5 or you work for yourself on your own schedule you will in time burn out. Things will get frustrating, you will seem more stressed out and you really cannot concentrate. For me there has been times where for ThinkComputers I cannot sit down and review a product, it’s like I have a big brain fart. This happens when you are doing the same thing over and over again day after day. This is why I felt I needed this vacation.

But I still need to work?
For me, my business is not automated and I myself actually create most of the content for the site so it is hard to say I’m going on vacation for a week. You can still enjoy your vacation and work at the same time. I know this is possible, because I did it! You need to properly organize your days and maybe even work a little harder a couple weeks before you leave for vacation. For my week at the beach I had a Beach Routine that I followed each day, that way I was done with my work in the morning and had the rest of the day to really enjoy myself.

Let the Adventure Begin!
When you are on vacation make sure you treat it like one! As I just mentioned you need to make a routine that eliminates most of your work so you can really enjoy your vacation. While on vacation go out and adventure! Do not spend your vacation in your hotel room on the internet or watching tv. How is it going to feel like a vacation? On my week at the beach I always was doing something, whether at the beach, exploring the island on bikes or checking out local restaurants. Doing this gives you the “adventure” feel and should really make you feel excited about what you are doing.

Allow Yourself to Relax and Reflect
One of the biggest things I made sure I did while on vacation was take time to myself to relax and reflect. Many nights I would sit out on the balcony, watch the sunset and just think about things. You would be surprised at how relaxing that is. We normally do not get to do things like that when we are at home…it just does not happen. What’s crazy is that during the vacation no matter when I went to bed I was up by 9AM and I felt great! Not only that I was able to fall asleep no problem, something I was struggling with before I went on the trip.

Was it Worth it?
How much is happiness worth? The feeling of waking up and being excited about something is something we do not experience everyday, but to have it for a week was great. But if it’s only for a week whats the point? Well obviously being back in Pittsburgh is not the best feeling, especially after being at the beach but the vacation did so much for me. First it gave me so much more motivation, again before I went on vacation I was extremely burnt out, and now I feel like a new person! Also even since being back my sleeping / tiredness problem is not as prevalent. I am able to fall asleep pretty quickly and I feel pretty good throughout the day. Overall the trip reinvigorated my drive and really gave me the time to think about my business and myself. I am getting more done now and it feels great (Just look at how I am keeping up with this blog!). You can’t put a price on any of what I just mentioned so yeah…it was definitely worth it!

Dinner at the Salty Dog Cafe

One place Adam told us we had to check out while in Hilton Head was the Salty Dog Cafe. It is located in an area called South Beach in the Sea Pines Plantation. South Beach sits on the Braddock Cove inlet, which actually makes for some nice scenery. We headed to the Salty Dog for dinner and were seated outside on the deck / dock area, which actually only had 3 tables.

It was great to sit out there and breath in the fresh air look out at Braddock Cove. The deck actually sits right by the marina there so you get a nice view of the boats as well. The Satly Dog is known for their seafood and we were at the beach so I knew I was definitely getting seafood! The actually had a chef’s special for the night, which was a Southern Steam Pot ($24.99). The steam pot included crab legs, peel and eat shrimp, kielbasa, potatoes, and corn.

When they brought it out I couldn’t wait to dig in! Everything tasted amazing, I couldn’t believe I finished the entire meal because it was so much food.

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After dinner we walked around the South Beach marina where there were many different shops, restaurants and bars. It is definitely a very cool area and a great place to spend an evening. I had my camera with me and I was able to take some shots of the marina and surrounding area. They are below.

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Biking Around Palmetto Dunes

The area where we stayed in Hilton Head was called Palmetto Dunes. Actually most of the island is separated into these little communities. Inside of Palmetto Dunes are many different resorts, condos and homes. One thing that was really great about most parts of the island are the bike paths. They go all over the island and you can be on them for hours. A lot of the time it seems like you are on an adventure because the trails take you through the woods or over waterways.

I was able to get out 2 of the days I was in Hilton Head to go biking. As I said the paths and trails go all over so you can really explore. They also allow you to check out some of the awesome homes in the area, and there are quite a few. One thing that is interesting about Hilton Head is that you are allowed to ride your bike on the beach, so if you wanted a fast way to explore the beach a bike is definitely the way to do it.

Besides just being able to explore riding a bike for a few hours was great exercise and felt great. If you plan on going to Hilton Head plan on bringing a bike if you can. If not there are plenty of places you can rent one.