How to Use Feng Shui to be More Productive at Work

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Do you feel like you spend a lot of time working but not very much time actually accomplishing your goals? Do you describe your day as active but inefficient? Do you leave your office drained without being able to actually explain why you feel so beat? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you might want to take a moment to consider the feng shui of your office and work area.

What is Feng Shui?

Feng shui is a Chinese spiritual connection between the arrangement of the objects around you and your own attitude. It governs the flow of energy throughout the space, energy that not only makes it easier to breathe and move around freely, but also revitalizes you.

Even if you don’t have great control over the interior design of your office, you can still make changes that will affect your health and well-being for the better. Keep reading for three ways that you can improve the feng shui of your office, right now.

Find Your Commanding Position

Every room has a commanding position, a specific point within the space where important objects like a desk should fall. In fact, many rooms have more than one commanding position, but in almost every case one stands out as a clear winner. So how do you find it?

It’s not that hard. First, look at the door. What corner of the room is directly opposite the door? Usually the commanding position is not right in front of the door but diagonally across from it. You’ll want to position your desk here, and sit facing the door. Be careful to pinpoint a commanding position with good backing, though; you wouldn’t want to sit with your back against a window.

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Use Your Focal Point

Just as every room has a single strong commanding position, every room also has a single strong focal point, which can sometimes be accompanied by other secondary focal points. Think of this as a balance between active and passive energies, tipped slightly more in one direction depending on the purpose of the space. If the space is meant to be calming and a place to unwind, such as a bedroom or bathroom, you will want to focus on building up the room’s passive elements, such as cool colors, smooth lines and relaxing imagery. If the space is meant to be energizing, as a work area more often should, then you will want to focus on the active elements, such as warmer, brighter colors; a few sharper lines or silhouettes; and bold items of décor.

Your actual focal point may be an oversize plant, a framed print or even just a brightly painted wall in a sea of neutrals. You want your office décor to be fulfilling, even if you only have design control over your cubicle. Clear off your desk entirely except for the essentials, then add a few elements you enjoy. Group these elements into a pleasant arrangement that will always be at the corner of your eye while you work. Be sure that the focal point is clear and does not butt heads with your purpose for the space.

Give Yourself Layers of Lighting

Would you want the same level of lighting when you first get up in the morning as when you are trying to concentrate on reading fine print in a book? Most likely not. Though this example is a little extreme, believe it or not, you actually require different levels of lighting throughout the day, even at work. In the morning you may be in the mood to quietly begin your work in dim silence, working through emails while sipping your cup of tea. Before lunch you may be in the mood for a brighter workspace so that you feel excited about a certain client or project. After lunch, you may need a soothing light again to make it through the afternoon slump.

You probably don’t have complete control over the lighting unless you work in a home office, but have no fear. You can provide your own lighting at your desk by placing a lamp you enjoy looking at that also features a dimness setting. This way, the light is adjustable as needed. Don’t be afraid to use a few lights purely for decoration; a small strip of LED lights placed around your monitor or keyboard could do wonders for the office ambiance, especially if they’re the kind that let you change their color.

Even if you don’t have complete say over the arrangement of your office, you can still get away with some feng shui techniques just for a desk or cubicle. Paying attention to the flow of energy around you and your things will better allow you to be productive and efficient without having to work 24/7. Follow these three simple tips, and you should be on your way to healthy office feng shui in no time.

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