12 tips for organising your desk

  1. Choose a stable and supportive chair (see previous blog).
  2. Remove all clutter from under the desk for leg room.
  3. Computer screen and keyboard should be directly in front of you. Keep your body centered on the section of the keyboard you use the most, usually the letters.
  4. The top of your screen should be at about eye level and the screen at arm’s length directly in front of you. Use a monitor arm or screen raiser if needed. You should be looking slightly down at the screen.
  5. Avoid glare and clean screen frequently.
  6. Choose a large screen display and adjust brightness. Use the zoom button to enlarge text if needed.
  7. To avoid eyestrain, apply the 20:20:20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  8. Consider a short keyboard and a vertical mouse (see previous blog) which minimize shoulder tension. Keep the arm close to the body as when shaking hands.
  9. Touch the keys lightly. Touch type if you can. Keep your wrists straight relative to your forearm. Only use arm/wrist rests when you have stopped typing. Use keyboard shortcuts to reduce typing time.
  10. Use a document holder between keyboard and screen when copying.
  11. Take mini breaks at least every 45 minutes (20 minutes is even better). I use my oven timer so I have to walk to the kitchen to switch it off.
  12.   When possible, have your phone conversations while standing or walking.