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10 Things To Consider Before Buying A Computer Chair

10 Things To Consider Before Buying A Computer Chair

The Ideal Sitting Position

Before going in depth about the things to consider before buying a computer chair and its characteristic, let me elaborate about an ideal sitting position in a computer chair.

Our thighs should be in a horizontal position to the floor, feet should be planted on the ground and arms be leveled with the desk.

Furthermore, there should be no strain in the back and you should be able to sit for a substantial amount of time without being uncomfortable.

A good chair should address all of this.

For those looking forward to buying a computer chair, here is a list of ten things to consider before buying a computer chair:

1. Adjustable Seat Height

This is the first thing to consider before buying a computer chair. You might not be the only user of your computer; other people who use the chair may differ from you in height. So, your chair must have an adjustable seat height in order to accommodate all the differing heights of the people who will be using the chair.

The height should be adjusted such that the user looks directly at the monitor. The height can vary from 16 to 21 inches approximately off the ground.

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2. Lumbar Support

Our lumbar is arched inwards naturally. Sitting too long in a chair without any support may cause slouching in the lower back and strain in the structures in the lumbar spine.

Therefore, the chair must be able to support our lumbar (and it should be adjustable too). Keep in mind if your lower back is properly supported, it will ensure that you can sit for an extended period of time without any discomfort.

3. Width and Depth of The Seat

Let me stress that the longer you sit in a chair, the more stressful the experience will be if the chair doesn’t have the proper width and depth that fits your physique. A computer chair ought to have enough width and depth to support any person comfortably.

The depth, particularly, should be enough to sit with your back against the backrest and the back of your knees must be 2 to 4 inches away from the seat of the chair.

4. Material

You wouldn’t deny that the material of the chair should be of a good quality. But, the quality of the chair that you might desire depends upon the need, purpose and length of usage of the chair.

If you use a computer for a longer period, a cloth seat may be more beneficial to you  than leather.

On the other hand, chairs made up of leather are easier to clean for messy eaters.

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That said, you should determine the fabric that best suits your needs before buying a computer chair.

5. Adjustable Backrest

A chair usually has an attached seat and backrest or a separate seat and backrest. If the seat and backrest are a single unit, your chair must have the option of tilting forward or backwards depending on what you prefer.

Additionally, it should also have a locking mechanism.

If they are separate, backrest must be adjustable in height and angle.

6. Armrest

An armrest is optional. It depends on a number of things: if you move around more often or if you sit in a chair for an extended period of time…

Essentially, your arms and shoulders should be relaxed when on the armrest.

Keep in mind that your elbows and lower arms should rest lightly on the armrest.

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It may be beneficial to have a chair with detachable armrests, so that there won’t be any hassle when performing work that requires more mobility.

7. Easy Adjustment Control

We have been talking about adjustment in each point discussed earlier; it is that important.

It is undeniable that a good chair must be customizable as per requirements, but it should also be easy to control for better comfort. The controls should be reachable from the seated position without any strain or special effort.

You should be able to change your height, tilt, and swivel from the seated position as you don’t want to keep repeating the process of standing, adjusting the chair, sitting in the chair and all over again, while using the computer.

8. Propel Wheel

Being able to move from one side of the room to another without having to stand up from the chair is a comfort we’d all like to be able to have. With wheels on your chair  you to do just that.

The wheel depends upon the types of floor you want to use the chair on.

If the computer desk is on a hard surface, buy a chair with soft, rubber wheels. If it is covered with carpet, it may be best to have hard wheels.

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It is absolutely necessary to ensure that you’ve got proper wheels on your chair to avoid any functionality problems.

9. Swivel

Your computer chair must swivel to allow you freedom to move.

For instance, let’s say that you want to turn on your printer. Would you prefer to stand up and go to where the printer is or simply rotate a little to reach it and switch it on? Obviously, you would prefer the latter.

Your chair should be able to rotate 360 degrees so you can have easier access to all your supplies in your office.

10. Price

When buying a chair, the price should be considered. At the end of the day, if you don’t agree with the price, it doesn’t matter how much functionality the chair has. So, before you go out searching for your computer chair, it is prudent to decide on a price point.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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