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Changing Your Life from the Ground Up

Awhile back I blogged about working while standing up.  I’ve also talked about changing to minimal footwear.   Trust me.  All of this dovetails.

Some time ago I started writing while standing up at home.  Then, once I got stronger and more accustomed to standing, I made the switch at the office as well.  Standing up changed everything.  My energy level is higher and I feel more in control.  Rather than being cemented to the spot, I am mobile, maneuverable, and unrestricted — and here’s the key — I feel that way both physically and mentally.

As a martial artist I know it all comes down to positioning.  A boxer uses footwork to rule the ring and cut off an opponent, and a wrestler maintains a  guard or ride to control his adversary.  Every technique, whether it’s a punch, hold, throw, trip, shoot, etc., has a spatial requirement.  If you lock yourself into one position you’ve taken all of the other techniques off the table.  But if your position is fluid and your body nimble, allowing you to go in any direction, you can capitalize on openings.

Physical and mental attitude are more connected than I you think.  It’s all about space and position.   Literally.  From the 1913 Websters:

At”ti*tude (#), n. [It. attitudine, LL. aptitudo, fr. L. aptus suited, fitted: cf. F. attitude. Cf. Aptitude.]

1. (Paint. & Sculp.) The posture, action, or disposition of a figure or a statue.

2. The posture or position of a person or an animal, or the manner in which the parts of his body are disposed; position assumed or studied to serve a purpose; as, a threatening attitude; an attitude of entreaty.

And the less you have between you and the ground, the more you can feel it, the more you can adapt to the terrain.  That’s where the minimal shoe idea fits in.  If you’re walking on shoes with soles an inch thick, you’re not walking on the ground.  You’re walking on, well, an inch of foam.  You could be standing on stainless steel, concrete, tile or basalt and you wouldn’t have a clue.

But if you’re standing up in minimal shoes you can feel the bumps the ripples and since you’re on your feet, you can adapt.  Your body and mind can sense the difference in sensory input between being seated and standing up in minimal shoes.  The data that’s coming from your soles makes its way up your legs and into your body, shaping your outlook.

You might even say it’s sole to soul.

Writing Productivity Update

Writing Goals

A month ago I posted about my new approach to getting productive.  It’s working.  I’ve been keeping this little chart in Google Docs to keep track. My daily goal is 1,000 words, the ultimate goal to finish this book before I go on vacation the week of July 4th.  I’ve hit the goal about half of the time.

Right now I’m about 5,000 words behind, but that’s only against the projected 75,000 words that I think the book will work out to be.  I might get to 65,000 and be done; it could stretch to 85,000.  At some point these things take on a life of their own.

I also mentioned back in December that I was going to start using a standing desk while writing, and that’s working too.  At the office, when I write on lunch break, I put my laptop on a wine crate and write standing up.  Here at the house, I added a folding shelf to the corner cabinet in my man cave and write there.  Writing while standing increases my focus.  If I get stuck, I can walk away, pace, do a few pushups or squats, and generally shake it off.  The first night was a little strange, but I adapted and benefited very quickly.  Now I can truthfully say that I’ve learned how to ‘think on my feet.’

 

 

Standing Desk Experiment

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I read another article about the health risks of sitting too much, so I’m going to try this arrangement when writing. Wine crates really come in handy. I’d love to hear from other writers who’ve tried this…