We don't have lap-tops, Ipads or any other mini computing machines (apart from my phone, which is just a toy really), we have proper tower computers, with good old-fashioned monitors and keyboards. Mine is situated on/under my desk in my studio.
During the course of an average day I :
fill out my Weightwatchers chart
work out our meal schedule
upload, edit and sort photographs
take a look at the weather forecast
over the course of an average week I also:
update our finances
write several blogposts
at least once a month I :
burn my photos on to DVD
reconcile bank statements
and now and again I :
Skype friends and family
. . . so it is quite possible for me to spend a fair amount of time sitting at my desk. Some time back, probably a couple of years ago, GM and I watched a programme on TV about how much fitter we would all be if we didn't spend so much time sitting at computers. I thought, well this doesn't really apply to me because I do other things as well which keep me on my feet, I clean the house, I garden, I cook, I go shopping, walk to the pub etc. etc., however GM, whose retirement hobby is software engineering, decided to take this to heart and re-organised his office area so that he could stand up while working at his PC. And this is where he works now. He has a high stool so that he can sit down if he needs/wants to, but mostly he doesn't.
He asked me at the time if I would like him to construct something similar for me, but I declined. Recently, however, in a bid to become fitter I installed a pedometer app on my phone and was amazed to find how much more I needed to move myself in order to reach my set target of 7,000 steps a day. After a bit of thought I decided that I really do spend too much time sitting down at my desk, so I asked him if maybe we could re-organise my work space to match his. A permanent solution will take a bit of thinking about, so as a temporary measure he has come up with this arrangement.
(with thanks to Sandie and Clive for the tables). I'll let you know how it works out.