A feng shui home office follows similar rules to a general office. Here is what you need to keep in mind when applying home office feng shui:
Make sure your office and desk are free from clutter and organized - energy must flow freely. Everything that you use daily should be within arms reach. You don't want to interrupt your concentration and focus to look up a word in the dictionary that is halfway across the room!
Create an organization system that works for you. Perhaps you prefer to deal with paper work on Mondays. Maybe you find a filing cabinet just doesn't work and you would rather stack things in organized piles. It doesn't matter how you organize, just make sure that you find a method and stick to it!
In home office feng shui, the ideal feng shui desk placement is in the command position, also known as the power position. This means that while seated at your desk you can see the door and the incoming stream of people and energy.
You do not want to place your desk directly in front of the door. The doorway is the mouth of energy and you do not want to sit directly in that stream. Instead, place your desk off to one side. Ideally you should be as far away from the door as possible so that you can see most of the room. On a diagonal across from the door is best.
In a proper feng shui home office, you should have a solid wall behind you or at least a high-backed chair. If you have a wall of windows behind you, you may feel like you are lacking support and authority. Add stability and keep the energy from flowing out the windows with drapes, furniture or plants.
To create a nurturing feng shui home office hang pictures, mottos, or images that symbolize what you want to accomplish. Acknowledge your sources of support by placing a few photos of family members and mentors but be careful! Too many images of your family will actually attract children and interruptions into your home office. It is more important to place images that are connected to your business and that inspire you. Also, choose furniture and accessories that speak to you of prosperity, abundance and success.
The view from your desk has a significant impact on how you feel about your work and life.
If you are facing an empty wall, you may feel that you are always bumping up against obstacles and lack vision, perception, and opportunities. If you look out over a construction site, you may feel confused and overwhelmed. Make sure you have a pleasant view while seated at your desk. Surround yourself with things that keep you inspired, creative, and productive, even if it is a zebra patterned chair and salsa music!
Infuse your feng shui home office with your personality — it will foster and support personal growth.
Keep stress and irritability to a minimum by choosing furniture with rounded corners or positioning sharp corners out of traffic flow. Incorporate music, running water, and aromatherapy to create a true refuge.
The best feng shui colors for your home office are soft yellow, sandstone, pale gold, pale orange, pale green, and blue-green. Adding white will increase clarity and mental focus, while browns and earth tones will ground and stabilize the energy. As always, you may consult the feng shui bagua to decipher the best feng shui colors for the location of your office on the bagua map.
Physically separate your workspace as much as possible. You really want your home office to feel like a place of refuge. It should be separate from the other areas of your home so that you can concentrate. If it must be in a shared room, create a sense of privacy with curtains or screens.
To successfully separate your home office from your personal and family space, set up boundaries and establish a routine. Here are some great suggestions for creating an office space and a routine that will foster success, discipline and privacy:
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