(NEW YORK) — If you don’t plan on making a job switch when the New Year rolls around, you might want to think about freshening up your current employment situation to improve productivity.
Rather than taking night courses or plowing through “How to” manuals, Jenny Gauld, an interior designer for office furniture and accessory retailer Turnstone, suggests some adjustments that seem simple on the surface but might help you get more done.
Gauld says that ignoring emails is one method, and all it takes is setting up an out-of-office reply that lets people know you’ll get back to them in a few hours.
Her advice also includes moving around the office so you’re not chained to your desk all day; organizing your desk to remove clutter; using your headphones to block out unwanted distractions; taking a 10- to 15-minute break every two hours or so; decorating your area with a few plants or blasts of color; and doing work from a different location once a week if the boss allows it.
If that all seems too much, maybe looking for another job isn’t such a bad idea.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN