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LAYING OUT YOUR WORKSPACE
- "L" and "U" shaped desks are the most efficient workspaces
- store your equipment -- phone, computer, etc. -- on one "wing"
- leave the another wing free to spread out while you work
- you can have everything you need within arm's reach
- put your phone on the side of the desk opposite your writing hand
- that way you can hold the phone and take notes at the same time
- add a hutch for extra storage for books, supplies, and equipment
- avoid cluttering your work space with too many personal items
PUTTING ERGONOMICS TO WORK FOR YOU
- pay attention to your body -- aches and pains aren't normal
- you shouldn't have to bend, squat, or stretch
- your monitor should be at eye level -- if not, raise your monitor
- your wrists should be flat when typing or using a mouse
- if not, use a keyboard tray or wrist rest
- when sitting, your thighs should be parallel to the floor
- calves perpendicular to the floor with feet on the ground
- if not, adjust your chair or bring in a raised footrest
- try not to hoard supplies at your desk
- keep only as much as you need right now at your workstation
- create a separate supply area for storing bulk amounts
- store extras in labeled containers and group like items together
- ex: writing utensils, clips, notepads, etc.
- store flat items (paper, sheet protectors, folders) in stacking trays
- use drawer dividers to keep small items in order
- store envelopes and note cards in a small vertical rack
- set up bracket shelves above your desk for additional storage
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