Armed with that dedicated attitude (ahem) when I set up my new office a couple of years ago, I did a little digging, read a few articles and did my darnedest to employ some basic Feng Shui techniques. For your reading and considering pleasure, here is some basic information that might help your productivity, creativity, and stress level.
Concept: With Feng Shui the main goal is to direct the Chi inside the space in which we live or work so that it nourishes and supports a good flow of energy inside our body. Chi = universal energy, or the energy that permeates everything around us including inside our body, home, office, etc., as well as outside. Good quality Chi is vibrant, alive, fresh. Bad Chi is sharp, attacking, depressing. Shapes, colors, intensity, furniture placement, etc., etc., can all help achieve good Chi. Here are a few tips I’ve picked up and try to employ.
1) Practice the Wyatt Earpe doctrine: Never sit with a door or a window behind you. A solid wall at your back and behind your desk chair will ensure that you have support in your life, which will equate to support in your work. Additionally, try not to directly face a wall either. If you must, then use feng shui to make the wall ‘disappear’ with vibrant art work, plants, anything to make you breathe deeper, smile, keep you calm.
2) Arrange other furniture in harmonious positions so that chi is able to flow smoothly. The last thing you want to do is trip over a table every time you enter the room or leave your desk. Breaks the flow of good chi.
3) Never have the main door opening into your desk as the chi coming in will hit at your face causing more obstacles and problems. Also, try not to look directly at window when you enter your office. In my office I do have a window that I see immediately so I’ve created a ‘wall’ with a colorful glass wind chime that hangs in front of the window and directs my attention there.
4) The chi from the main entrance of your office should not first meet a wall inside the office. For instance, in my office, I positioned a small table with a plant and the corner of my loveseat in the path to break the direct connection with an opposing wall - but not enough to break the energy flow.
5) Place your home office as far from the bedroom as possible. I know. Not always doable but if you can, do. If you can, have a separate entry to your office, even though it’s in your home, that a real plus. I got lucky and I do have a separate entrance should I choose to use it.
6) Plan your home office with your well-being and productivity in mind. Use colors and images that make you feel happy, appreciated, successful and creative. And trust me on this – looking into what colors represent in Fung Shui is fascinating but that’s an entire other blog.
7) Make sure you have good air quality and plenty of natural and artificial light. This just makes sense. We all know that if our brains are starved for oxygen and we don’t get enough light, we don’t enjoy working no matter how much we love what we do. Air purifying plants can help with the air quality issue. No spiky leafed plants though – bad chi :o)
8) Use feng shui to deal with clutter in your home office on a regular basis as clutter drains your energy. Empty waste baskets daily, mark a day each week to declutter, etc.
Okey Dokey. What else? Oh. When you consider furniture placement also keep direction in mind. Ba Gua is an energy map to help guide you on creating the most harmonious energy flow in your space. North: Career/Path in Life, East: Health and Family, South: Fame and Reputation, West: Creativity/Children. The nuances of Ba Gua are many – including elements and colors – again – another blog.
So. Wha’da ya think? Is it phooey? Worth considering? Anyone out there practice elements of Fung Shui? If so, do you find them helpful? Anyone have other methods of making the most productive, happy, creative you there can be?