For months, I’ve been sick of sitting. I perch on my chair, well-intentioned and driven: I will write 4,000 words, a blog post, answer emails/interviews/facebook messages from friends who deserve more, better attention than my easily-distracted mind can offer. I have a butterfly brain, regularly diverted by the winds of tangent (tumblr, for example, is a temptation-ridden custom-tailored black hole overspilling with Lokis, blood-stained elk skulls, Totoro gifs, and cosmic jellyfish).
One thing I know about myself is that I function better when I move. Anger can be destroyed with a bike ride, deadend cyclic anatomical self-antagonizing can be crushed by thirty minutes of high-intensity interval training. So I’ve known for awhile that the reason I spend more time aimlessly flipping tabs when I sit at my computer is because I’m sitting, stationary. The solution, naturally, is to stop.
The past few weeks, I’ve been sitting (bad!) and thinking of various solutions. I knew I wanted a standing desk, and that I didn’t want to spend any money, or nail something together, if I could avoid it–mostly because I wanted to be standing, now, and not work too hard to do so (which, really, just sounds like another bout of laziness). At any rate, two days ago, I decided that my computer was staying off until I’d solved my problem. I stood for a moment, thought, and promptly found a solution.
My solution was percussive: I found a drum. As a drummer, this wasn’t exactly a challenge–my apartment is full of them. But the trick was finding the right one. The right one turned out to be a cajón. Which is amusing, since this particular drum is meant to be sat upon. Happily, though, when resting sideways on my desk, it adds just the right amount of height for me to stand and type on my laptop (or distract myself with an inverted drum, which loses none of its sonic potential). Return it to the ground, and I have my drum again–or a chair, if I’m being lethargic.
I like my instruments to be instruments, but I’m also the kind of person who like an uncluttered, multifunctional space. The musical desk satisfies my obsessive-percussing and organization-addiction in a single hit (a gong hit that rattles through my skull and satisfactorily shakes the compulsive quirks of my brain).