Feng Shui your home office for career success
Need to clear out an old room, or create space, to work from home? You may have discovered how difficult it can be to separate housework from a home-work-space even though you’ve got all the basics to hand – desk, chair, laptop, filing cabinet etc.
Clutter, albeit it professional clutter, creates a haphazard working environment and an unclear mind.
I recently had reason to let go of my rented office premises and eek out a work space in my living room. The space was not set up to work so I applied some of the principles of Feng Shui – the ancient art of chi – to aid my progress. Here’s a few tips to creating a health, wealthy, home office space.
Feng Shui is about achieving a balance of life’s natural energy – chi – and letting it flow through your home and work spaces to allow in the abundant, healthy, fluid life force.
In china, where the science originates, it is widely believed that with the right chi, anything is possible, so great emphasis is placed on the construction and design of schools, hospitals, homes, offices etc, not simply for aesthetic purposes, but for good fortune and wellbeing. I wanted to be as efficient and driven at home as I was in my office, so here’s what I did:
- Intuitively decided which area would work best to install my ‘office’
- Physically cleared the space – literally pulled out the furniture from that corner of the room and hoovered, dusted, wiped etc.
- Energetically cleared the space – I burnt white sage to eliminate any stagnant energy. White sage is a powerful clearer of energy and can lift a mood and rid a person’s own aura of unwanted filaments.
- With a compass, I checked which was the wealth area of the room. According to Feng Shui the south-east corner attracts wealth and abundance, in all forms. I’d chosen right; my new work space was south-east. If that’s not possible, you can still honour the ‘wealth’ corner of a room by tidying it up, repairing ripped wallpaper, chipped paint, place a jar of coins, (I used a collection of foreign coins and coppers) or a feng shui three-legged frog with a coin in his mouth to represent wealth.
- Flowers and plants are good for work spaces. The represent something that’s healthy, alive and growing.
- Place something in that area that scream prosperity. It’s not about designer labels, but your own personal association with wealth that matters.
My work space does feel lighter and so far I’ve had better luck getting organised and getting on.
Once you understand the principles of certain corners, or directions, representing certain attributes – love, health, wealth etc, and you incorporate the corresponding elements of water, wood, metal, earth and fire – feng shui becomes common sense.