Get on the ball

Posted on Wed, Dec 12, 2012

Tags: Healthy Campaigners, organizing and leadership, self care, tips

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If you set your time machine 8 years back, in October 2004 I was a field organizer for MoveOn. I was phonebanking 8 hours a day without fail.

The single most important piece of office equipment I had (yes, even trumping my cell phone) was my BALL. In fact, ever since that campaign I have used a fitness ball instead of an office chair.

Ergonomically correct (WAY better than folding metal chairs), comfortable, and less than $20, the ball is my favorite for phonebanking. Say goodbye to slouching, sadness, and numb tushies, and hello to chipper organizers, a dorky-looking office, and lots of smiles. Bonus: it's also a fun toy for any 2-year olds who wander in.

Sitting on the ball especially while phonebanking helps me stay present in what I'm doing (I can't just flop in a chair mindlessly). My coworkers may think it looks silly, but I'm getting great abs just from sitting there.

Got an easy way to keep yourself healthy at work? Share in the comments!

Kathryn Poindexter is a Strategist at Stones' Phones, and an alumna of NOI's Campaign Manager Training

Word to the wise: if you HAPPEN to play dodgeball with your office chairs after hours, I will not be held responsible for any damage.  Take it outside, people, you need the fresh air anyway.


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