Does staring at the computer for hours make
you feel… tired? Do you suffer from frequent aches and pains? Looks like you could use some help – with
ergonomics. Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific
discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements
of a system. Ahem. In other words, it’s about you, and the things
you can do to make your workspace more comfortable. For example, using a computer involves a lot
of repetitive motions, like typing and using the mouse. Over time, these motions can take
their toll on your body. If you arrange your workspace with ergonomics
in mind, you can avoid things like eye strain, and neck and back pain. Here are some tips
to help you stay comfortable and productive. Make sure you place your chair so you’re sitting
in a natural, comfortable position. You may need to adjust the height so your feet are
touching the ground. Mind your posture. Many office chairs are
even designed to give you extra support where you need it; for example, in the lower back,
and on the arm rests. Position your keyboard at a comfortable height.
Your wrists should be straight and relaxed to avoid any strain. A keyboard tray might
help, if your desk has one. You can also try an ergonomic keyboard, which generally has
extra support for your wrists – or a shape designed to fit the natural placement of your
hands. If possible, place your mouse right next to
the keyboard. Otherwise, it’s going to be hard to reach. If you do start to feel any
pain, you might want to look into certain products that can give you extra cushioning;
for example, a pad in front of your keyboard, or this glove (designed to elevate and support
your wrist). Your monitor should be a comfortable distance
away from your eyes – somewhere between 20-40 inches. It should also be at eye level or
slightly lower. This is your best chance of reducing eye strain. Another way to avoid strain and fatigue is
to take frequent breaks. For example, look away from the monitor every once in a while;
20-20-20 is a good rule to follow. Every 20 minutes, focus your eyes on an object 20 feet
away for 20 seconds. You can even download apps that’ll remind
you when it’s time to take a break. Basically, you want to get up occasionally, walk around,
have a snack – whatever it takes to avoid sitting in the same position for too long. Debris and general clutter is another thing
that can affect your productivity. It can also lead to strain or injury if you’re not
careful. So if you have paperwork or supplies that can be put away, it’s best to store them
somewhere instead of leaving them on your desk. Let’s review. With a little attention to ergonomics, you
can take your workspace from this… to this. And that’s all it takes to stay comfortable
and healthy while using your computer.

Computer Basics: Creating a Safe Workspace

10 thoughts on “Computer Basics: Creating a Safe Workspace

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  • November 7, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    This is hilarious

  • November 30, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Great! Very useful to know. Thanks a million!

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  • August 1, 2017 at 8:39 pm

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  • October 1, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Lol so funny

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  • September 23, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Thank you for this useful series ❤ God bless!

  • February 9, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    cool video thanks!!


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