Some of the smartest people have routines and methods for being creative. Some like to get in a car and drive for inspiration. Other immerse themselves in water. These are not practical examples for most people but the following list of writers, creators and world changers worked best while standing. Their creativity was helped by their improved posture and overall well-being thanks to not being slumped over a desk. Work standing up and see how it can improve your working life!
Ever wondered how great minds think and how what they use to aid the thought process? Many creative people have used standing desks as aids to more productivity at work. Working while seated (in a sedentary job) can be antagonistic to the creative process. Sitting puts the body in an unnatural position. The slumped over posture and rounded spine is reminiscent of how animals and humans showed submission and fear throughout evolution. When you're afraid the body sends out hormonal responses. You protect the most important parts of the body by folding over and making yourself smaller. Hunching over at work sends signals to the body and brain that are similar signals (to a lesser effect) to the ones our ancestors experienced when faced with an aggressor or stressful situation.
The creative juices don't flow when we're afraid, except perhaps for figuring out clever ways to escape. Obviously, stressed cannot perform their life's best work. People that have bodies stressed from sitting all day will not harness the full power of their potential. Stand up and see how you feel. Can you think more effectively? Can you write with greater clarity? Now that your chest is more open can you feel more air circulating in the lungs? Do you feel more confident?
Many people that work standing up realized the potential of allowing the body to breathe and to move naturally. For most of the people on the following list, a height-adjustable standing desk was not an option. Nor were anti-fatigue mats. Technology has moved on to the point where we can combat the problems that older technology, such as the chair and table, brought us. Today, we can all use desks that allow us the freedom to sit and stand whenever we want. What would Da Vinci, Ben Franklin, and Nabokov have thought of that?
- Leonardo Da Vinci, an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer.
- Ernest Hemingway, an American author and journalist.
- Winston Churchill, a British politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955
- Søren Kierkegaard, a Danish Philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic, and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher.
- Virginia Woolf, an English writer considered as one of the foremost modernist writers of the twentieth century.
- Thomas Wolfe, a major American novelist of the early twentieth century.
- Vladimir Nabokov, an American novelist who was born in Russia.
- Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States of America.
- Donald Rumsfeld, former U.S Secretary of Defense.
- Charles Dickens, an English writer and social critic generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian Period.
- Michael Dell, an American business magnate, investor, philanthropist, and author
- Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America.
- Philip Roth, an American novelist.
- Lewis Carroll, an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer.
- Donald Rumsfeld, an American politician and businessman.
Why not try a standing desk and see if you can finish off that novel, create that next artistic masterpiece, or simply work with less fatigue?