How To Be Organized: Work Healthy

01/02/2012 01:53 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

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An ergonomically correct desk setup can help you avoid backaches, eye strain, and fatigue. Arrange your home office setup for optimum benefit

  • The height is right. The computer screen should sit eighteen to twenty-two inches away from your face, with the center of the screen about ten to fifteen degrees below your eyes.
  • Mind your posture. Maintain the proper body position: Head and neck should be straight. Wrists should be unbent, forearms parallel to the floor, shoulders relaxed, elbows closed to the body. The work surface should be set at elbow level. Feet should be flat on the floor or supported by a footrest. Hips should be even with or slightly higher than knees.
  • Get a good chair. Even if you're not prone to lower back pain, choose a chair with lumbar support.
  • Avoid eye strain. Reduce overhead lighting. If you can see your reflection or a glare in the computer screen, reposition it or reduce ambient lighting, closing blinds or curtains if bright sunlight is causing the glare.

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