With an increasing number of people working from home, it's more important than ever to address how organized and productive your home workspace is. Adding a little feng shui to your home office can transform the room from a stressful corner of the home to an inspiring area that encourages focus and abundance.
Consider Your Intention
What type of energy do you want to promote in your home office? Do you need to increase your focus, boost your creativity, or create a sense of calm? If you work in finance, you may focus on wealth and abundance. If you're a writer, it's more important to develop a space that's conducive to free thinking. Decorate in greens to inspire prosperity, use fiery red, yellow, orange, and purple to enhance your reputation. Blues are stable and focused, while metal accents inspire creativity.
Bring in Foliage
Keep a plant in your home office to boost your mood, encourage focus, and even increase your health. Plants with rounded leaves, like the Pilea peperomioides, have the ideal feng shui energy for a home office. You can also bring in an easy-care plant, such as a stalk of bamboo, spider plant, or succulent. If nothing else, hang artwork that features the great outdoors.
Feng shui celebrates all-natural elements, from sunlight to green plants. Proper lighting is essential for your workspace. Natural light is best. If you work in an office with a window, open those blinds and let the sunshine pour in. Alternatively, replace fluorescent lights with LEDs that mimic natural light. Cooler light temperatures are best for productivity.
The location of your office supplies can impact feng shui as well as general productivity. For instance, if you print several hundred documents every day, you don't want to put the printer on the opposite side of your office. Keep the items you use most often within arm's reach, such as your telephone, pen holder, and file tray. You'll spend less time moving around your office and more time getting things done.
A desk littered with papers, files, errant pens, yesterday's coffee mug, and other detritus can stress you out and reduce your productivity. You don't have to put everything away, but keep desk and office clutter to a minimum. Create a space for everything in your office and keep most items put away until you need them.
Keep Stress at Bay
Work can be stressful, even when you're doing it at home. Equip your office with calming tools to combat any tension. A Zen garden on your desk or a shelf can help you relax your rigid thinking and unleash a calmer, more creative approach as you comb the sand. An aromatherapy candle, crystals, palo santo, or sage are great tools for cleansing your space of negative energies.
Your office should inspire creativity and introspection, so surround yourself with positive imagery and motivational quotes. Choose quotes that make you want to work harder and get more creative with your workday. Bring in photographs of people you love and places to which you'd love to travel.
Arrange Your Furniture Carefully
Position your desk so you can see the door. This creates a sense of confidence, authority, and control, which is ideal in nearly any career. Having your back to the door can make you feel jumpy, as you won't know if someone enters behind you. If possible, keep your back to a wall rather than a window or shelves. Keep something beautiful and inspiring in your line of view. This might be a beloved painting, your vibrant idea board, or a family photo.
A relaxed seating arrangement is particularly conducive to feng shui because it eliminates confrontational positions. For instance, if your desk faces two visitors' chairs, the people who drop in for a chat automatically sit in confrontation with you. Consider angling the chairs for a more laid-back environment. You could also put a love seat or armchair against the opposite wall, so you're not facing your visitors at all.
Sitting behind a desk all day isn't just monotonous — it's also bad for your health. If possible, get up several times a day, if only just to stretch next to your desk. If you have a more relaxed work environment, take a walk down the corridor or walk up and down a staircase for a few times. Those who work from home can go even further. Get outdoors and let nature work its magic. Set an alarm on your phone or smart watch for every two hours to remind you to get out of the chair and on your feet.
Feng shui works for every room in the house or office building. Try some of these tips to get your office in order. Speak to a psychic for more insights on how to cleanse the area and set the right intentions in your office. Take a mindful approach to your workspace so you can optimize the area for success. Adding feng shui to this area will help you maximize your professional potential, even at home.