My neck and back have been extremely sore lately and after a day off from working and giving my brain a chance to function properly again, I realized it’s because my computer monitor is not at the right height.
Working from home usually means some pretty long hours in front of the computer so if your desk isn’t set up to be as ergonomically correct as possible, your neck and back might pay the price like mine are at the moment.
I’ve talked about making your desk ergonomically correct before, but since my only problem is my monitor height, this post will list some of the ways to correct it without using some scrap pieces of wood (or even a saucepan like an ex boyfriend did) to adjust the height.
Your monitor should be at a height where you don’t have to tilt you head up or down to look at it. When looking at the screen, your eyes should be level with the top half of the monitor.
You should never have to lean forward to see your monitor. My monitor used to sit so far back on my desk that I was leaning forward the entire time I sat at the computer. I didn’t realize it until my daughter took a picture of me while I was working. It looked awful. I looked like Igor’s girlfriend. Moving the monitor closer to the front of my desk fixed that up in a jiffy.
If you can’t move your monitor closer, change the resolution of your screen to something smaller so it’s easier to see and read.
You could also adjust the height of your chair so you’re viewing your monitor at the right height, but you may have to adjust the height of your keyboard and mouse to stay all ergonomic-like. Your feet should be able to sit flat on the floor. If not, raising your chair might not be the solution.
I sniffed around on Amazon for some ergonomic monitor stands and found a few that I’d like to try but in the end, the Ergotron LX Desk Mount Arm won me over.
Not only can you adjust the height, but you can turn that puppy any which way you want. This is especially nice if you watch movies or TV on your computer. Plus it just looks cool.
Setting up your desk so it’s at the maximum comfy level will make sure you’re working more efficiently. Interrupting that masterpiece blog post you’re writing by rubbing your neck and back every 2 minutes isn’t all that productive.