Quick Tip: Audio Reminders for Better Posture

Basically the tip is: find some way of playing a sound every fifteen minutes or so, and when this happens, check my posture. I have found this useful for better ergonomics and posture while using my computer.

I’m using the Mindful Mynah app on Mac, and have it set to chime every fifteen minutes or so. When I hear the chime, I quickly check my posture and often find that I can improve it. I think this increases my mindfulness of how I type and sit, as the bell reminds me to check it more often. Even without the bell, I realize that I have incorrect posture more often. The nice thing about automating this process is that I just need to have the intention to have better posture once, and then I can automatically lock in that benefit over time without needing to expend much effort.

The chimes do sound strange to others if I am on a non-headphone Skype call, and sometimes I forget to turn the app on or have the volume high enough, but for the most part it works. I actually notice sometimes when it has been a long time since I have heard the chime and then I remember to turn it up or on.

I’m sure there are other apps on other systems like this, and you could probably set your phone to vibrate to do the same thing. The nice thing about that is that you can practice better posture wherever you are.

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