Work Area Layout

Take time to arrange your work area to keep frequently used items within easy reach and to minimize excessive bending and twisting. Typical things you can do: Take a Break

Some computer tasks can be very demanding, involving long periods of computer use without natural break points. Breaks are important to give the body time to recover after periods of physically demanding activities. Use these guidelines to maximize productivity and minimize the risk of pain and discomfort:

If you have tasks that require intensive input (keying and mousing), studies suggest that you can minimize errors by taking a 5-10 minute break every hour. During this time, you can accomplish non-computer tasks or stretch to relieve the muscles used during data input.

For visually intensive tasks such as computer use, quick and frequent vision breaks are recommended. Vision breaks involve changing the viewing distance from very short (reading or viewing the computer) to very long (need distance) in order to give the muscles of the eye relief from holding a fixed focus. Closing your eyes also helps to relubricate the eye's surface and change the focus momentarily.

Mobile Work Layout

Make smart choices when working in alternate settings such as coffee shops, meeting rooms, hotels, and airplanes. Although you may not have much control over the environment, you can control how you choose to work within it. Consider creative solutions for improved comfort and performance: