Working at a desk is almost guaranteed to give you back pain, or neck pain, because most of us adapt to the workstation, rather than forcing it to adapt to us. But simple tweaks—including the height that your monitor is set at—can really improve the situation and alleviate, or entirely avoid, pain.

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While some monitors allow you to adjust the height at which they sit, many still don’t go high enough—your eyeline should be inline with the top third of your monitor. When setting up the rest of your work station, thinking about 90 degree angles—your feet flat on the floor forming a 90 degree angle with your lower leg, your lower leg and thighs at 90 degrees, your thighs and torso at 90 degrees, and the angle between your upper arm and lower arm should also be 90 degrees.


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Of course there’s nothing to stop you balancing your monitor on a pile of books, but while ransacking your library to get the right height will eventually have the desired effect, it also takes up desk space which is often at a premium. A monitor stand can help by elevating your monitor to the right height but still leaving storage space below.


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If you really want to level up your desk organisation, look for a monitor stand that takes into consideration everything else that might be on your desk too. Some will include phone holders with space for a charging cable to be fed through, while others may include drawers, shelves, or cable management solutions so you’ve got no excuse for your desk to be a mess.