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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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11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

1. ScheduleOnce

    ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

    ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

    ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

    Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

    Available on Web

    2. Calendly

      Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

      You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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      Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

      3. Assistant.to

        For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

        From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

        While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

        Available on Web

        4. Acuityscheduling

          Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

          It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

          Available on Web | iOS | Android

          5. Pick

            Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

            At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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            Available on Web

            6. X.ai

              For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

              This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

              Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

              Available on Web

              7. YouCanBook.me

                is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                Available on Web

                8. Doodle

                  Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                  It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                  You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                  While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                  Available on Web | iOS | Android

                  9. WhenAvailable

                    WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                    Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                    Available on Web

                    10. Rally

                      Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                      Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                      Available on Web

                      11. NeedtoMeet

                        Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                        NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                        While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                        Available on Web

                        Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                        In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                        To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                        Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                        A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                        Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                        If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                        Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                        With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                        The Bottom Line

                        Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                        Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                        Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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