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Review: Steelcase Leap Office Chair

Review: Steelcase Leap Office Chair

The office chair is one piece of furniture most of us spend most of our time in whether it’s at the office or even at home. Given the amount of time spent on one, it’s probably a good idea to find an office chair that’s both supportive and comfortable to get you through your day.

The Steelcase Leap is one of those ergonomic office chairs.  At first glance, it appears to be your typical office chair, nothing eye catching about it if you compare it to the similarly priced and popular Herman Miller Aeron chairs.  But when you plant yourself in the Leap, you discover how comfortable the chair really is and the many ergonomic features it offers.

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Steelcase Leap features

    The Leap test unit sent to us from Steelcase was in black leather with an aluminum base.  The chair has all the ergonomic features you can ask for in an office chair, from the comfy seat cushion all the way down to the smooth rolling casters.

    Here are a few ergonomic features perfect for any office professionals:

    Adjustable arms:
    This is a pretty standard feature on all office chairs, but the Leap made it so the arms can telescope in and out, move forward and back, side to side, pivot at an angle and adjusts up and down.  You’ll be sure to find a comfortable position.

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    Upper back force:
    You don’t get the springy, bouncy feeling of other office chairs when you recline.  There’s added pressure that makes for a smooth recline. The adjustments found in the Leap lets you customize the right amount of reclining support.

    Natural Glide System:
    What’s great with this feature is when you recline, the seat moves along forward, easy on your spine and your buttocks for the duration of your workday.

    Adjustable seat depth:
    Whatever your body size, you can adjust the seat to accommodate your body and still be comfortable.

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    Lower back firmness:
    Any time you spend a good portion of your day at a chair, your lower back will tell you that it needs some support.  This feature allows you to adjust the firmness to keep your lower back feeling good by maintaining that natural curve.

    Leap pictures

      For the past couple months testing this chair, I’ve been literally glued to it because it’s that comfortable.  I actually found myself shifting less while testing the chair and my posture has improved ever so slightly.  While the chair offers a lot and I found all of their features useful, I didn’t like a couple minor things with the chair, all related to the lumbar support. I thought they could have extended the firmness range to allow for an even firmer support to the lower back. Another thing was the levers for the adjustable lumbar height, the sliding action was not as smooth as it can be and at times, I was able to set the lumbar support unevenly. Also, I thought the (build quality of) levers felt a bit out of place with the rest of the adjustment levers/handles.

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      For office professionals who are looking for a luxurious ergonomic office chair, this is one of them. All the features and benefits mentioned does not come without a price tag.  This particular chair we tested is priced at USD$1649 from Steelcase online store.  Steelcase does offer other models with different fabrics and finish that start at USD $849, also from their online store.

      Prices aside for a moment and think about where you spend most of your day in the office, it’s safe to say that most would agree it’s at a desk, in a chair (bet you’re sitting on one right now, reading Lifehack).  If you are looking to make improvements at the office, you might want to consider adding a good ergonomic office chair.  It could be good for your body as well as the work you produce.

      Steelcase also offers a good animation to help with illustrating how all these ergonomic features would function if you are unable to test it in person.

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      Why Do I Procrastinate? 5 Evil Root Causes And How To Tackle Them

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      Procrastination is something many people can relate to and I, myself, have been there and done that. Yes, I write all about productivity now, but when I first started out on my career path, I would often put off work I didn’t want to do. And most of the time I didn’t even realize I was doing it.

      So what changed? It started with reading a lot of books on productivity, learning a great deal and shifting my mind to the reasons why people procrastinate.

      My understanding brought me a new perspective on how to put an end to the action of procrastination.

      In this article, I want to share with you my insights into the most common reasons for procrastination and put forward strategies to help you eliminate them.

      Why do I procrastinate and how to tackle the evil causes?

      Procrastination slows your goals and dreams way down. It can create stress and feelings of frustration.

      It rears its ugly head on a regular basis for a lot of people. This is particularly apparent at work with day-to-day projects and tasks.

      But why do people self-sabotage in this way?

      Essentially, there are 5 reasons behind procrastination. See if you can identify with any of these in your own work life.

      1. The perfectionist’s fear

      Procrastination is sometimes a subconscious fear of failure. If you put off a task enough then you can’t face up to the potential (and usually imagined) negative results.

      If you’re a stickler for minor details, the stress of getting things ‘just right’ may be too much and cause you to delay continuing the task.

      Either way, fear is at the root cause and can sabotage your desire to move forward.

      How to tackle it?

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      Try visualizing the completion of your task in a positive way.

      For example, you have a presentation that your boss wants you to conduct for a potential client. Visualize yourself standing in the meeting room confident, meeting the eyes of the client and seeing them light up as you explain the concept simply and concisely.

      Imagine your boss telling you how great you did and you were the best person for the job. Think about how it would feel to you and focus on this as you move forward with the task.

      2. A dreamer’s lack of action

      This is a person who is highly creative and has many brilliant ideas but can’t quite seem to bring them to fruition.

      The main reason for this is because there’s usually no structure or goal setting involved once the idea has been created. This aimless approach ends up manifesting as a lack of decision-making and significant delays on a project.

      How to tackle it?

      Write down a timeline of what you want to achieve and by when.

      Ideally, do this daily to keep yourself on track and accountable for progression. Creative minds tend to jump from one idea to the next so cultivating focus is essential.

      If you’re designing and creating a new product at work, set out a task list for the week ahead with the steps you want to focus on each day.

      Doing this ahead of time will stop your mind from wandering across to different ideas.

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      3. An overwhelmed avoider

      This is one of the most common reasons for procrastination; the sheer overwhelm of a daunting task.

      The complexity of a task can cause the brain to lose motivation and avoid doing it altogether choosing instead to stay in its comfort zone.

      The search then starts for a more enjoyable task and the harder tasks are put off. This can cause stress and dread when the task inevitably comes up to be completed.

      How to tackle it?

      Break the challenge down into smaller tasks and tackle each one individually.

      For example, if you have a project that has technical elements to it that you know you’ll find challenging, list each step you need to take in order to complete these difficult elements. Think of ways you can resolve potential hurdles.

      Perhaps you have a coworker that may have time to help or even consider that the solution may be easier than you initially think. Put each task in order of most daunting to least daunting.

      Ideally try to deal with the more challenging parts of each task in the morning so that momentum is created as the tasks get easier through the day.

      A reward system will also help you stay motivated so, once completed, you can enjoy your treat of choice.

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      4. The busy bee who lacks prioritization

      Either you have too many tasks or don’t truly acknowledge the differing importance of each task. The result? Getting nothing done.

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      Time is spent switching constantly from one task to another or spending too much time deciding what to do.

      How to tackle it?

      It’s all about priorities and choosing important tasks over urgent ones.

      Make sure to question the value and purpose of each task and make a list in order of importance.

      For example, throughout your work day, you can waste a lot of time dealing with ‘urgent’ emails from colleagues but you need to ask yourself if these are more important than working on a task that will affect, say, several office projects at once.

      Help yourself to prioritize and set a goal of working through your list over the next few hours reassessing the situation once the time is up.

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      5. The one with shiny object syndrome (distraction-prone)

      This is another common cause for procrastination; just simple distraction.

      Our brains aren’t wired to focus for long periods of time and it looks for something else. So throw in a bunch of colleagues equally looking for distractions or checking your phone mindlessly, and you’ve got a recipe for ultimate procrastination.

      However, this type of procrastination may not always be an unconscious decision to sabotage and put off work. It’s simply a result of your work setup or types of coworkers you have. Only you know the answer to that.

      How to tackle it?

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      Be mindful of your workspace and potential distractions. Schedule a specific time to converse with your coworkers, put headphones on to minimize listening to what’s going on around you, and switch your phone off.

      Aim to do this for 20-30 minutes at a time and then take a break. This will be a much more efficient way of working and getting what you need done. This is also why scheduling down time is so important for productivity.

      Whether this type of procrastination is self-sabotage or being a victim of a distracting environment, either way you can take control.

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      I killed the procrastination monster and so can you!

      I’m going to be bold and assume you identified with at least one of these procrastination pitfalls.

      You could be trapped in the endless cycle of procrastination like I was, that is, until I decided to find out my why behind putting off tasks and projects.

      It was only then that I could implement strategies and move forward in a positive and productive way.

      As a result, I now complete my tasks more efficiently and completely killed that feeling of stress and falling behind with work that procrastination brings.

      I know it’s not easy to stop procrastinating right away, so I also have this complete guide to help you stop it once and for all:

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