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Check out some of the other things that you use every day such as your computer where the comfort factor will probably work out to be roughly the same as that of a quality chair. Ditto a smartphone or your mattress. Then do the math. If it takes 10 seconds for your computer to open an app and you could shave that down to two by installing a solid state drive that would be a valuable purchase. This is especially true when you add the time saved – not including your frustration. Does your computer lock up a lot because you’re short on RAM or maybe its processor is just slow? Then it would be in your best interest to upgrade your current computer or get a new one. Wouldn’t it be worth it if you could get through your day with little or no discomfort and frustration – not even taking price into consideration? Get the right chair, the right computer, the right smartphone and you'll be preventing stress instead of spending money somewhere down the line to alleviate it.
If you work in an office
Suppose you don't work at home. In this case, it may be difficult for you to find items you use most of your day where the comfort factor would work. First, write down all those things you do every day then evaluate the gear you need for those tasks. Here's a fairly plain vanilla list to get you started.
- Eight hours at work -- office chair, office desk, computer, monitor
- Two hours commuting -- car, car paraphernalia
- One hour for cooking -- kitchen pots and pans
- Three hours in the living room -- recreation, video games, music, TV
- One hour reading -- iPad/Kindle
- One hour exercise-- treadmill, elliptical, jogging
You might find that you can't convince your company to buy you a costly ergonomic chair. However, you might be able to get it to splurge on an ergonomic keyboard and mouse or a larger monitor. In the event that they don't buy off on any of this, the comfort factor says it might be better for you to spend the money yourself, especially if it's going to make you healthier or happier.
If you like to spend time unwinding by gardening get yourself some nice gardening equipment. If you jog it could be worth the money to get better shoes or a more expensive bike for your weekends. Does your family like to cook every day? Just think how much easier the work would be you had top-quality cooking utensils.
If you have a lengthy commute
If your car is an old rattletrap and you have a lengthy commute you might not go so far as buying a new one but you could get some better support for your back a, better music system (maybe one that includes hands-free calling) a nav system or something else that would make those long hours less awful. According to an article published on CNN.com, the average American spend 200 hours commuting to work. Might as well get your back comfortable if this is how long you will be sitting.
Finally if you have any type of back pain and you have an old mattress get a new one immediately. You spend a third of your life on that thing and the aftereffects of a bad night's sleep can affect the other two-thirds severely. A good mattress is definitely one of those things you could splurge on without feeling guilty.