How to Feng Shui Your Workspace for Better Productivity and Calm
Over the last few years, I’ve begun taking a deeper interest in how our environment, and more specifically in this case, our workspace, plays a role in our success. I took it upon myself and started researching the art of Feng Shui. If you are not yet familiar with Feng Shui, it is an ancient Chinese traditional practice that is based upon a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (chi).
The belief underlying this practice is that we can change the energy forces around us by changing the orientation of objects and introducing or subtracting different materials such as metal or wood, to harmonise individuals with their surrounding environment.
I spent hours watching webinars, listening to podcasts, and reading blogs to better understand the small but powerful changes I could make to my own home office. What I learned was fascinating and while it was all very new to me, the principles make complete sense and I optimistically invite you to apply them to your daily life too.
Let’s begin with your desk – the place where all the magic happens. Your desk should be made of a sturdy and durable material like wood because other material such as a glass desktop can shatter. The reasoning behind this is that you want to ensure that the foundation upon which you work is going to be a strong as possible. The size of your desk is also important to consider. A desk that is too small can result in clutter and not creating enough space to welcome new opportunities. A desk too large on the other hand, can lead you to feel overwhelmed, as though you have taken on too much.
Next, there’s the positioning of your desk and where you sit in the room, also referred to as, ‘The Power Position.’ The Power Position requires you to be sitting down and facing the doorway, to symbolically be open to new opportunities. Interestingly, I was speaking to my videographer, James, who shared that he recently changed the orientation of his desk since moving to a new office. He’d noticed that since moving his desk so that he was now facing the doorway, more people would come into his office to say hi. Perhaps the change in his body language was more inviting, since he no longer had his back to the door, or maybe energetically he was also open to more networking and collaboration.
Another piece of inspiration I took from my research about Feng Shui principles was to create a ‘Success Wall.’ When we moved into our home, we installed two white floating shelves next to both of our desks. Displayed on my shelf are copies of my books, my 100k subscribers’ plaque from YouTube, my study planners I designed for Educationery, and a clear quartz crystal. A success wall can include your trophies, medals, a framed cut out of an article you wrote that was featured in the paper, books from your favourite authors who embody success, elements of gold or silver – two colours that reflect abundance, or anything else that symbolises success to you. The intention is to bring inspiration to your space and remind yourself of your achievements and desires, because where attention goes, energy flows. When you focus on success, you attract more of it!
Consider what sort of small changes you can make to your workspace to bring about success and invite a greater sense of calm into your environment!
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