When working or studying at home, one tends to stay at one desk for too long. The result is that we fall into a bad posture: leaning forward, stretching our arms too much and so on. We get fatigued as a result of it and find it tough to carry on working. Do you know if you have the right ergonomic requirements when working with computers? Take the time to assess the way you study, work, and the layout of your workstations. The chances are that you’ll find some areas of improvement will be pretty high.
Avoid reaching out for things too often.
Keep all of the items you require within close range as you work or study. When items are placed too far away, you have to make an effort to reach them while you are seated. This action puts a greater strain on your shoulder and arm muscles. Keeping frequently used items close by also prevents you from getting up to access them and distracting yourself.
All workstations do utilize a keyboard, but how you place them can make a world of difference. Keyboards are to be kept at a height that positions your elbows at a 90-degree angle. Try positioning your keyboard to ensure this; otherwise, attach a keyboard tray. Also, position your mouse at the same height as well.
You may have to stretch or bend a lot to get access to your work files and class notes. This breaks your concentration, and you may even need to spend time locating all your files. Keep all necessary files, documents near you, either in a document holder or letter tray. These holders should be as near the PC screen as possible.
Desk and equipment stability
Ensure that your desk is free from wobbliness and is steady. You may face this if you’re using a sit-stand desk. The simplest solution here is to fold a piece of paper and place it under the desk legs. Ensure that your keyboard/keyboard tray doesn’t wobble around too much and that mouse tracking is smooth. You could use the stands under your keyboard to find these ergonomic requirements when working with computers helpful.
PC monitors give off a certain brightness that strains your eyes. You can control these ergonomic requirements when using a computer by adjusting the brightness setting on your Windows or Mac. Certain screens might reflect things that affect your visibility. Adjusting the screen brightness generally resolves this. But, if you still see reflections, then you could dim the lights in your room. Otherwise, shift the PC (and your workstation) to an area that has less outside or overhead light.
Personalize your computer for your needs, changing the font size, color, contrast, brightness, and position. Ensure that the screen is in line with your face height at a slight downward angle. To get this right, you may have to get a stand that raises the monitor. This alignment prevents you from straining your head and neck.