Whether you're one of many workers in a row of cubicles or the CEO with the
sweet corner digs, your office is the place where you are expected to create,
inspire, come up with ideas and do your best work.
But if you're spending more time in your office managing stress and
frustration than you are doing your job, it could be time to inject a little
feng shui into your day.
Feng shui, an ancient art and science developed in China more than
3,000 years ago, focuses on creating a harmonious environment using the
principles of natural energy flow.
As Asian culture has become more popular in the United States, the principles
of feng shui have been used in the home. Now people are also using them
in the office to boost creativity, increase energy and productivity, and promote
feelings of overall well-being.
Using the easy tips in this article, you can fix the feng shui in your
office in just a few simple steps.
Do have clean, uncluttered workspaces and surfaces. Organize
your office so everything has a place to be stored and can be stowed out of
sight when not in use. Remove knick-knacks and other detritus. Having too many
things placed on your work surfaces can impede the flow of chi, or
Don't be distracted by unfinished, future or past work
projects by storing them where they can be seen. Focus on the task at hand and
eliminate distractions by storing unfinished, future, or past work in a separate
Do place your desk on a diagonal facing the doorway or
directly facing it. If you have two desks, place them on opposite diagonals
facing the doorway. If you have more than two desks, the remainder should be
placed on diagonals facing the interior of the room.
Don't turn your back on business. Never place your desk so
you are sitting with your back to the door. To ensure good flow of energy,
multiple desks should never be placed in a row or back-to-back.
Do pay attention to lighting. Use at least three levels of
lighting in your office---low, medium, and high---and if possible, ask for
full-spectrum lighting to be installed in place of harsh fluorescent lighting.
In addition to overhead lighting, make sure you have floor and table lamps.
Don't accept poor air quality. Remember that interior
pollution can be just as bad as exterior pollution. If you have windows that can
be opened, do so. Buy some air purifying plants and place them in the corners of
your office. Create an energized, vibrant atmosphere by using an aromatherapy
device to diffuse essential oils such as orange, peppermint and
Do use color to shift the energy in your space. To create a
space that exudes energy, try using "fire" colors---red, orange, purple, pink,
or bright yellow---in the southern corner of your office. If you aren't allowed
to paint your walls, put vibrant artwork in these corners instead.
Don't place your desk so you are sitting in line with the
door. That will increase your exposure to negative energy.
Do use all five feng shui elements to create balance
and harmony. Wood promotes creativity, and should be placed in the eastern
corner of your office. Fire (a lamp or a candle will do), promotes passion and
productivity, and should be placed in the southern corner. Earth elements, such
as items made of clay or ceramics, create balance and stability when placed in
the center of your office, while metal items, which indicate financial success,
should be placed in the western corner. Water elements increase communication,
learning and opportunity, and should be placed in the northern corner.
Don't put mirrors in your office. Mirrors reflect bad energy
coming from outside your office, or from negative clients, customers and other
people who enter the room.
Do sit with a wall or solid partition behind your back, to
symbolize you have the support you need to be successful.
Don't sit with a window behind you. If you want natural
light to fall on your desk, place your desk so the light from the window hits
your desk sideways, or at an angle.
Do invite positive energy, people and opportunities into
your space with a welcoming and attractive doorway. Keep the entrance
uncluttered on both sides, use subtle lighting---such as fairy lights---on the
interior and exterior of the entry to lift energy, and introduce a splash of red
to promote your reputation and instill trust in those who enter your office.
Don't feel vulnerable with solid glass doors or walls. If
your office leaves you exposed with solid glass partitions, hang mini-blinds to
cover the glassed area and provide protection.
Are these tips going to help get you a promotion or magically make your
troubles melt away? No. But creating a more pleasant work environment could help
with your own happiness, and possibly improve the moods of co-workers. And the
little things can often make the biggest differences.
Don't let your office get the most of you. Instead, get the most out of your
office. Arrange your office according to the principles of feng shui, and
watch your energy and productivity increase.
Recommended Reading (try an ebook)
Office Feng Shui: Creating Harmony in Your Work Space
Feng Shui Quick Guide for Home and Office: Secrets for Attracting Wealth, Harmony and Love
The Western Guide to Feng Shui: Creating Balance, Harmony and Prosperity in Your Environment
Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui
Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life: How to Use Feng Shui to Get Love, Money, Respect and Happiness
Feng Shui Goes to the Office: How to Thrive From 9 to 5
Feng Shui Tips for a Better Life