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I'm a university student, and I've recently moved to working while standing, and walking instead of sitting.

I read a lot through the textbooks while walking(reading in kindle is very handy), and it helps me concentrate.

However, In order to actively solve problems for homework, I feel its much harder to hold all the variables and steps of the solution (e.g for a physics problem) in my mind, and I need a desk to write things down.

The problem is that standing in one place in front of a desk gets me tired and distracted after a hour or so, while walking keeps me concentrated easily for long periods.

I'd like to be able to do more problem solving while walking so I could use my time on the desk mainly for fixing and writing down the solutions.

Maybe you have some ideas or tricks that will help me?

Thanks a lot

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do you already considered a black/white-board? or, if you walk in public places, a tablet devices? –  spocchio Nov 21 '13 at 13:39
    
I can't imagine trying to write on anything while I'm walking - what about using a voice recorder? (Smart phone or a separate device) You could create an audio recording of your thoughts on how to solve the problem(s) and then later when you're at your desk you could write out the solutions. –  Benny Hill Nov 21 '13 at 14:35
    
Whatever device you plan to use for taking notes, please consider this: youtube.com/watch?v=jPW8xmI4w6U –  Jan Doggen Nov 22 '13 at 8:32

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Personally, I like using standing-height work surfaces for short intervals. I work for a little and then walk to get a drink and come back. It gives me the benefit of walking while being able to write. I haven't fully converted to the standing desk movement, but I'm considering it. Standing for long periods definitely takes getting used to.

That being said, you asked about ideas and tricks for getting stuff done while walking. I love my iPhone for this. I've set up a bunch of channels in IFTTT that let me tell Siri to "make a note" and have it automatically whisked away into Evernote or to "remind me" and have it pop up in Asana. Another skill that helps me is to practice meditation—not just religious meditation, but mindful meditation on things like chess problems or sudoku. Learning to hold a thought in your mind without having to write it down is powerful and allows you to make much better use of time.

Another thing I do is to always carry a notebook. Find a size and style that works for you and never let it out of your sight.

The best solution to ambulatory productivity is a combination of techniques, though, so experiment and see what works.

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"Standing for long periods definitely takes getting used to." - You might be surprised at how little is actually necessary. I started a new job and my office came with a hight adjustable table: switch between standing or sitting by pressing a button. I thought I'd give it a try, first trying to stand just for a few hours a day. After the first week I rarely switched to sitting and after two weeks I removed the chair from my office. It's been months since and I don't miss it at all. Just dive in! –  David Božjak Nov 26 '13 at 20:35

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