By Kevin Meyer
Many of us are traveling this holiday, and I for one struggle to remain productive. A break from work is good, but falling behind isn't relaxing either. For those of us that have embraced the stand up desk, Jon over at Gemba Panta Rei provides a road warrior productivity solution.
One of the commandments of kaizen is "Instead of making excuses why something can't be done, think of ways to make it possible." So think I did. Looking around the room for a way to boost up the desk about 30 cm, I began opening drawers and doors.
Et voila! A light, portable, folding ironing board gave me the perfect platform for my stand up desk. But not quite. I am not a tall person, but the ironing board was still too low, causing me to stoop. The search continued. Luckily there was a wicker laundry basket of sorts in another drawer, the perfect booster to fit between my laptop and ironing board.
Nice job Jon! But as is typical with his posts, there's a more fundamental lesson:
The lesson is that we need to stop making excuses and will ourselves to improve. Then we need to think positively about how to overcome each obstacle. And we need to turn each small improvement idea into concrete action. First engage the heart, then the mind, then the hands. I write these words from a road warrior stand up desk built from these principles.
Absolutely. Happy Thanksgiving!