It’s October in Austin and the butterflies are out in full swing. No, really, there are flocks and swarms and droves of them (the technical term for a group of butterflies is a ‘kaleidoscope’). It’s hard to go even a day without seeing these small insects with painted wings, and we’re not complaining! Seeing all these butterflies has us thinking about how little causes — our every day habits in this case — can have big effects. In other words, we’re talking about the butterfly effect.
Butterfly Effect or Something Greater?
We’re sure all of you have thought about this concept at least at some point or another, whether it’s thinking you should have done one of your “rituals” different so that your favorite sports team would have won, or if your buddy wouldn’t have talked you into going to that event, you wouldn’t have met so-and-so, or even if you wouldn’t have bought that bar of chocolate, you wouldn’t have won that golden ticket (did we steal that one?). Whatever it may be, these causes and effects are a part of our everyday life, and we either knowingly or unknowingly make a multitude of decisions on a daily basis that can develop into habits, and impact us years down the road.
One such decision most people make every day is the decision to spend long hours on the computer, typing on a standard flat keyboard, and using other non-ergonomic office equipment that force hands and wrists into unnatural and uncomfortable positions (this can lead to repetitive strain injuries and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome). The pain and poor positioning in your wrists can affect your entire forearm, which in turn affects the upper arms, which in turn affects your upper body, neck, and even the cranial muscles around your head. This can cause neck and shoulder aches as well as headaches. And then people wonder years down the road why they have pain in their wrists and need to have a double Carpal Tunnel release surgery.
The consequences of using non-ergonomic workstation equipment are more than just the flap of a butterfly’s wrings, and the effects that it has won’t change with the snap of the fingers either.
Your Habits are Greater than Chance
As Warren Buffet is quoted, “Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken” (‘Warren Buffett Quotes’). Therefore, don’t be the person in the doctor’s office waiting for them to cut your wrists open, or with the big medical bill, or the person dealing with upper body discomfort day after day. Make the change today to give an ergonomic setup a try. We recommend starting with an ergonomic keyboard and mouse, and then build up to a keypad and laptop stand if needed.
You can most certainly change your habits at any time, even small changes can yield big results, but no one is going to do it for you. Leave chance and luck to the butterflies.
Be sure to let us know in the comments what your peskiest habits are, and what you do to break them.