Jim Carlton writes in the Wall Street Journal about the ‘new’ trend in workplace desks: standing up to work. I tried this once, and I think I did get a lot more done, with less fatigue. I kind of forgot about it, so I’m going to give it a try again.

Mr. Everett is a pioneer in standing desks, having gotten one seven years ago to help recover from a back injury. He said he could never go back [sic].

Seven years ago? Well, before we credit the good Mr. Everett with being a “pioneer”, let’s not forget the many who came before, including my own dad. I remember he adopted the stand-up desk maybe 50 years ago at his insurance office. Not only did he find the change invigorating, he said that his phone calls went better. Clients seemed to sense that he was in a better mood, and was more engaging, when he was on the phone while at his stand-up desk. (I have noticed that people today often jump up and walk when they are on their cell phones; perhaps this is one reason?).

Jim Carlton, "Standing Desks Are On The Rise", wsj.com, Sept. 2, 2011.