Marshall, thanks for the link. Those workspaces are truly inspiring. +Majesticmerc I love the details of your post. That is exactly what I was after... I wanted to know exactly what people are using. I discovered that when I have my chair tilted backwards, it works wonders for my back and neck. I used to think that working on the computer with my head tilted backwards would make me fall asleep or lazy but it actually cranked up my productivity even more. I can work longer hours without any fatigue on my eyes or strain in finger/neck, etc..
Glad I could be of help
With regard to leaning back, be careful that you don't over-do it. I find that extended sessions leaning back can cause me pain in my upper back after a while. Make sure that you adjust yourself if you feel your back starting to ache.
I forgot to add in my previous post:
For staying productive, I tend to listen to music. Generally I'm an indie-rock kind of guy, but I find that kind of music to be quite distracting. It makes me less productive because I'm listening to the music, rather than paying maximum attention to the job at hand. So at work, I actually tend to listen to electronic chillout. The lack of lyrics and the slower beats tend to fade into the background, meaning that the office noise is drowned out, but I'm not distracted by the music either. I do occasionally listen to proper classical music as well.
I try to get up every now and then and go for a walk, even if it is just to the lounge area or the toilet. This for me is especially important if I'm trying to solve a particularly hard problem, as I find the change in scenery (e.g. sitting in the lounge area for a bit) can clear my mind and let me think more freely than staring at my code, or getting distracted on the internet.
I also try to keep a glass of water around at all times. Being dehydrated can significantly impair brain function, and soft drinks (especially sugary ones) don't re-hydrate very well. I have a pint glass of water and sugar-free orange cordial that I keep topped up most of the day. Sipping as often as I like. I do try to avoid drinking too much though, as too much water makes me need to pee a lot, and then my concentration is really gone
I try to keep a bottle of cola (or something with caffeine in it) nearby for if I feel tired. I'm not a coffee/tea drinker, so I use Coke/Pepsi as a caffeine delivery system. Some people in my office have also been known to keep a cache of caffeine pills in their desk drawer as well, although personally I'm not a fan of them. I also keep some aspirin (or similar) in my desk drawer in case I feel a headache coming on. Thinking too hard can be painful
I also keep a notepad and pencil
on my desk at all times. Sometimes drawing stuff (diagrams mostly) can help my train of thought, so it's always in my best interest to keep one nearby. Most of my notepads (I go through about one every 4-6 months) are complete junk, as they're just scattered patterns of thoughts that while useful at the time, aren't useful to anyone else.
I don't know how much of that will be useful to you, this is mostly just a list of things that I do
so some of the things listed might not work for you.