Do you sit at your computer, working on your novel, for hours at a time? If so, here are some tips to help you avoid strain.
- Have your monitor positioned correctly: a little lower than eye level and directly in front of you, about 18 to 30 inches away.
- Adjust the brightness of the monitor so that it is not glaring in your eyes; adjust the contrast so your eyes can better distinguish all items on the screen.
- Make sure the chair you are sitting on allows your feet to be firmly on the floor.
- To avoid staining your neck and shoulders, make sure your keyboard is at elbow height.
- Avoid reaching. For example, make sure your mouse is right beside the keyboard at your fingertips.
- Avoid fluorescent lights and sunlight and instead use soft lighting and blinds to cut down too-bright lighting that makes the items on your screen hard to see.
- Blink your eyes frequently and walk away from your desk every now and then—go get some coffee or a breath of fresh air.
- Look for products that will make your work easier. For example, a padded wrist rest at your keyboard or a stand to attach to the side of your monitor on which to place any papers you are typing from.