Ah, feng shui, the ancient Chinese practice of arranging objects to draw in positive energy. The practice suggests that the placement of objects in a space will affect the flow of chi (life force or energy flow). If there’s good flow, whoever’s in that space will be positively affected, and when it comes to your job, re-arranging your office space can directly impact your work.
Whether you believe in it or not, there are a few simple things you can do to feng shui your workspace into a more productive and creative working area. Feng shui is a way of thinking and a balance of perspective; a visual reminder, if you may, of the areas of our life we’re working to improve. Don’t knock it til you try it.
POSITIONING YOUR DESK
If you work in a space that allows you to do so, place your desk so that you’re facing towards the door; this is the ‘power’ position of a desk. It allows you to feel empowered rather than psychologically vulnerable as can be the case when your back is to the door. When you work from home, the belief is that when you’re positioned this way business will symbolically come through the door.
A cluttered desk does nothing good for work and productivity. As is often said in feng shui “The clutter of the room and the clutter of the soul are intrinsically linked.” If your desktop is full of clutter, you’re less likely to work effectively. Clear out all unnecessary papers, and organize the ones you need. Try incorporating files and bins so that you can place things in organized spaces. Keep only items you require for work on your desktop such as your laptop, agenda, notepad, and tea cup (of course).
Having a healthy plant on your desk or in your office space is a great way to feng shui. Healthy plants can absorb toxins in the air that can lead to illness, and you can’t work as well when you’re sick. Plus, little succulents just look so nice. Take a look at the top 10 feng shui air-purifying plants.
AWAY FROTH BEDROOM
If you work from home, ideally your desk shouldn’t be in your bedroom. Your work and sleeping space should be kept separate to eliminate the thought of work while you’re trying to sleep, as well as keeping you from feeling super sleepy when you’re trying to work.
BALANCE YIN AND YANG
When it comes to decorating (the fun part!) balance light and dark colours, hard and soft surfaces, and smooth and rough textures. This can be applied to your desk, curtains, floor, etc. A good balance of yin and yang will help you achieve balance in the world around you.
Create an inspiration board you can put somewhere in your workspace. Fill it with feel-good images, photos or quotes that motivate you, and pictures that remind you to reach and work for your goals. Check out this post on how to make a dream board by Lipstick and Muffin Girl!
What do you guys think of feng shui? Do you practice it, and do you think it works?
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