Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese tradition of arranging physical objects to attract positive energy. It is based on the idea that your physical surroundings can alter your mental and inner self. Chi is the life source, or essential energy, and ideally you should arrange your home or office space with its flow in mind. With good chi flow, those who occupy the space will receive a boost of positive energy, pretty neat right? Although there is little scientific backing to Feng Shui, it is imbedded in thousands of years of Chinese tradition, which gives it a believable weight of its own. If you are more inclined to believe modern day science that presses the importance of organizing your office space, here are the results of a Princeton University study that found physical clutter to negatively effect one’s ability to focus and process information.
As for Feng Shui, it can provide endless benefits to your life at work and at home. You can make small efforts to rearrange your desk to change your overall mood at work. Even the placement of small trinkets and papers can change the flow of Chi and improve your focus and productivity. Below are easy-to-follow tricks, for how to Feng Shui your desk.
Orient Your Desk
Although this step may prove difficult for many, if you have the benefit of being able to organize your own furniture, place your desk directly opposite the front door of your office. If you work in a cubicle and can move your desk, be sure to orient it toward the main entrance of the office. This will give your workspace a “commanding position” and make people more receptive to you as a leader. If you are unable to physically move your desk, place a small mirror at your desk to reflect the office’s entrance. In Feng Shui, being able to see the door, whether its reflection or actual self, symbolizes your ability to see opportunity as it comes to you during your career.
Save Space for Creativity
After your desk is aligned to promote good Chi flow, it is important to remove clutter. Not only does clutter prevent the flow of Chi, but it has been scientifically proven to be detrimental to your focus, productivity and stress levels. Laura Cerrano of Feng Shui Manhattan defines clutter as, “anything unfinished, unresolved, tolerated, or disorganized.” Clutter should be organized in a way that suits your work style. Whether that means organizing by date or subject matter, the important part is that your clutter is placed away either in folders or an organized drawer. This allows room on your desk for creativity and positive energy.
How To Feng Shui Your Desk
For any space, a Feng Shui practitioner will utilize a Bagua Map. This nine-part, color coded grid, depicts different areas of a space and how they correspond to different areas of your life. The grid is oriented away from the front entrance, or where you sit.
It is easy to want to fill every space on the grid to promote good energy in every realm of your life, but remember clutter is the ultimate detriment to your energy and productivity. Be sure to keep at least 50% of the space clear for creativity, and focus instead on two or three areas where you could use a boost. You can of course adjust this as often as you would like depending on where you are in your life.
How To Get Specified Energy
The best way to utilize the Bagua Map is by focusing on the physical location, the color, and the realm of your life it is supposed to be attuned to. Although color is not always required to match the color on the map, it can increase your energy flow to that particular area. Focus instead on the meaning of the location. For example, the upper left corner of the desk represents Wealth and Prosperity, here you can place a small plant, to represent prosperity, a purple one if you can find it, or an object of great value, like a computer. The object in its corresponding space should make sense: i.e. a trinket from a loved one in your love and relationships grid, or a family photo on the left center of the desk, the frame could be green to give it an extra boost. Remember, what you should pay most attention to is not adding clutter to your desk. For more ideas on how to Feng Shui your desk in accordance to your specific needs, take a look at this article detailing all nine grids of the Bagua Map.
Is Feng Shui For You
Feng Shui is not the answer to all your problems, it is, if anything, a well-disguised encouragement to help you organize and declutter your space. If you find that Feng Shui works for you, continue it and let it help you. If you find it doesn’t work, find another form of organization that does. Do you have any organization tips of your own, or has Feng Shui worked for you? Let us know by commenting below or on our facebook.