Sunlight isn't just for plants. Research suggests that workers with better window views perform better and are more productive than their peers with worse views.
"Lighting, both natural and artificial, is a major component in productivity and in employee health," Douglas Wyatt Hocking, a principal at architecture firm KPF, told Business Insider.
To tap into the power of natural light, work near a south-facing window, where sunlight will stream from the late morning to mid-afternoon.
If you can't get the sun at your desk, take a walk outside
Workers in windowless environments reported significantly lower well-being compared to those in a sunny office, according to a 2014 study from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Try to get a few hours in the sun every day.
"Exposure to daylight is critical to maintain your body's circadian rhythm, which manages your cognition, serotonin production, and digestion," Everett told Business Insider. "We literally feel more awake and happy with exposure to daylight."
Replace super-long cables that get in your way or clip them to the side
You probably have cords for your computer, keyboard, mouse, phone, headphones, cell phone charger, and maybe even more. It might seem silly, but that clutter on your desk can be distracting.
Insider's Lindsay Mack tried a variety of posture tricks, and her favorite one was putting a pillow at her back.
And if the culprit is shoddy company chairs, consider investing your own money to upgrade your seat.
"Low-quality chairs lead to fatigue and even back problems, thus decreasing productivity," Melissa Frederiksen, owner and principal designer of Grand Rapids-based Atmosphere 360 Studio, told Business Insider. "Spending more up front saves money in lost time and productivity later."
Ditch your desk
Even leaving the most well-organized desk has benefits for your productivity.
"Now, I've made this gesture of investing time in doing an activity that I've been having trouble making progress toward," he said. "And so simply being invested in trying to achieve the outcomes I'm looking for puts me down the path toward getting started."
If you don't use it every day, put it in a drawer
"Try to be self-monitoring in terms of stuff you’re collecting at your workspace," Everett told Business Insider. "If you’re able to file things and remove clutter all of those things, it really does make a big difference."
Your desktop should be only for the essentials — computer, phone, notepad, pens, water bottle, she said. Drawers can hold everything else.
You could invest in a filing cabinet if you're inundated by papers. Or better yet, scan them with your phone and keep those documents as PDFs.
"Nothing slows productivity more than being cramped and being forced to dig through stacks of files and paper to get work done," Frederiksen told Business Insider.
Buy blue, green, and yellow accents to help boost productivity
Scientists say that cool tones like blue are calming. A desk with plenty of blue accents could help you feel level throughout the day.
But don't overdo red — which Andrew Elliot at the University of Rochester in New York State told the BBC can trigger your heart rate — unless your job involves physical activity or short bursts of work.
Don't rely on the perks-laden areas for maximum productivity
Hocking said believing that bean bag chairs, pool table breaks, and pastry chefs will kickstart your productivity is a common mistake by office designers.
Instead, whether you're choosing a new job or just trying to figure out where to crank out some reports this afternoon, look at spaces that are quiet.
"One of the biggest mistakes is to not consider sound and smell when space planning," Hocking told Business Insider. "Having a place to go to relax and unwind is great, but if an employee is on a call or trying to work next to a ping pong game or boisterous team lunch, that’s a problem."
But, keep trying new things
Break out of your usual routine and try working somewhere different in the office today. Or give that standing desk a try.
Hocking said it's important to keep trying new things when it comes to your work space. After all, you're going to be spending 80,000 hours of your life there — better make them pleasant.
"Most people don’t change their workspace frequently but it’s important to keep testing your environment and trying new layouts," Hocking said.
He added, "Increased efficiency can come from change as opposed to repetition."