ORGANIZING THE
WORK SPACE
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  ACTION GOAL #9: Organize the work space (Continued)


IF YOU SEE THIS...   TRY THIS...  
Follow these steps:
1. Remove the keyboard platform;
2. Then place the keyboard, pointing device and writing material directly on the work surface;
3. Raise the chair until the tops of the home row keys are at the same height as your elbows, or slightly below your elbows when your shoulders are relaxed. Use a footrest, if necessary.
4. Adjust the height and distance of the monitor, if necessary.
You are using a keyboard platform and you are keying, mousing, and writing simultaneously, and you reach above and behind your keyboard to get to the pointing device or the writing surface.    
    Follow these steps:
1. Replace the keyboard platform with a height- and tilt- adjustable platform that is wide enough for the keyboard and pointing device.
2. Adjust the height and tilt of the keyboard platform until the tops of the home row keys are the same height as your elbows, or slightly below your elbows (negative tilt) when your shoulders are relaxed.

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