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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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      How Setting Personal Goals Makes You a Greater Achiever

      How Setting Personal Goals Makes You a Greater Achiever

      Achieving personal goals deserves a huge amount of celebration but setting these goals in the first place is a massive achievement in itself.

      While the big goals serve as a destination, the journey is probably the most important part of the process. It reflects your progress, your growth and your ability take control and steer your life towards positive change.

      Whatever your goal is, whether it’s losing 20lbs or learning a new language, there will always be a set amount of steps you need to take in order to achieve it. Once you’ve set your sights on your goal, the next stage is to take an assertive path towards how you will get there.

      The aim of this article is to guide you through how to take action towards your personal goals in a way that will help you achieve them strategically and successfully.

      1. Get very specific

      When it comes to setting your personal goals, honing in on its specifics is crucial for success.

      It’s common to have a broad idea of where you want to go or what you want to achieve, but this can sabotage your efforts in the long run.

      Get clear on what you want your goal to look like so you can create solid steps towards it.

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      Say you have a vision on retiring early. This goal feels good to you and you can envision filling your days of work-free life with worldly adventures and time with loved ones.

      If retiring early is a serious personal goal for you, you will need to insert a timeframe. So your goal has changed from “I’d like to someday retire early and travel the world” to “I’m going to retire by 50 and travel the world”.

      It may not seem significant, but creating this tweak in your goal by specifying a definite time, will help create and structure the steps needed to achieve it in a more purposeful way.

      2. Identify the preparation you need to achieve your goal

      It’s easy to set a goal and excitedly, yet aimlessly move towards it. But this way of going about achieving goals will only leave you eventually lost and feeling like you’ll never achieve it.

      You have to really think about what you need to do in order to make this goal possible. It’s all very well wanting it to happen, but if you just sit back and hope you’ll get there one day will result in disappointment.

      Self-managing your goals is a crucial step in the process. This involves taking control of your goal, owning it and making sure you are in a great position to make it happen.

      In the early retirement example, this would mean you will need to think about your financial situation.

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      What will your finances ideally need to look like if you were to retire early and travel the world? How much money will you need to put into your retirement fund to retire at 50? How much extra savings will you need to support your travels? You could also start researching the places you’d like to travel to and how long you’d like to travel for.

      Outlining these factors will, not only make your goal seem more tangible, but also create a mind shift to one of forward motion. Seeing the steps more clearly will help you make a more useful plan of action and seeing your goal as a reality.

      3. Breakdown each step into more manageable goals

      The secret to achieving your goals is to create smaller goals within each step and take action. Remember, you’re looking for progress, no matter how small it may seem.

      These small steps build up and get you to the top. By doing this, you also make the whole process much less daunting and overwhelming.

      In the early retirement scenario, there are several smaller goals you could implement here:

      • Decide to make an appointment with a financial advisor asking what financial options would be available to you if you were to go into early retirement and travel. Get advice on how much you would need to top up your funds in order to reach your goal on time.
      • Set up and start to make payments into the retirement fund.
      • Research savings accounts with good rates of interest and commit to depositing a certain amount each month.
      • Make sure you meet with your financial advisor each year to make sure your retirement plan remains the best one for you. Research new savings accounts to move your money into to reap the best returns in interest rates.
      • Start investing in travel books, building up a library that covers where you want to go.
      • Think about starting a language course that will help you get the most out of your travel experience.

      4. Get started on the journey

      Creating a goal planner in which you can start writing down your next steps is where the magic happens. This is where the real momentum towards your dream starts!

      Create a schedule and start by writing in when you will start the first task and on which day. Commit to completing this small task and feel the joy of crossing it off your list. Do this with every little step until your first mini goal has been reached.

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      In the early retirement example, schedule in a meeting with a financial advisor. That’s it. Easy.

      As I mentioned before, it may seem such a small step but it’s the momentum that’s the most important element here. Once you cross this off, you can focus on the meeting itself, then once that’s ticked off, you are in a position of starting a profitable retirement fund…and so the momentum continues. You are now on your journey to achieving your dream goal.

      5. Create an annual review

      Taking a step back and reviewing your progress is essential for keeping yourself on the right track. Sometimes you can be moving full steam ahead towards your goal but miss seeing the opportunities to improve a process or even re-evaluate your feelings towards the goal.

      Nominate a day each year to sit down and take a look at your progress. Celebrate your achievements and how far you’ve come. But also think about changing any of the remaining steps in light of new circumstances.

      Has anything changed? Perhaps you got a promotion at work and you feel you can add more to your monthly savings.

      Do you still feel the same about your goal? It’s normal for our desires to change over time and our personal goals need to reflect this.

      Perhaps you’d like to take someone new with you on your travels and you need to take this into account regarding timelines. Are there any new steps you want to add as a result?

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      Remember, reflection is a useful tool in realigning your goal to any changes and it’s important to keep on the right trajectory towards it.

      Strive to become the best goal-setter you can be

      Having personal goals gives you purpose and the feeling of becoming a better version of yourself.

      But it’s the smaller steps within these big goals that the growth and achievement really lies:

      • Whatever your goal is, make sure you get specific on when you want to achieve it. This helps you focus on the necessary steps much more efficiently.
      • Research the actionable steps required to get to the end result and…
      • Break these down into smaller, manageable goals.
      • Create a daily or weekly schedule for these smaller goals and start the positive momentum.
      • Reflect each year on your goal journey and purpose, readjusting steps according to changes in circumstance or desire.

      Keep going and always have the end goal in sight. Remember the ‘why’ behind your goal throughout to keep you motivated and positive.

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