Guest post by Sadia Suhail
Feng Shui: (In Chinese thought) a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (qi), and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings.” -Oxford Dictionaries
Our environments and surroundings are constantly stimulating our senses; whether we’re at home, in the workspace, or walking around, fact is our energy and our perceptions will be influenced by what is around us.
Feng Shui has played a big role in home design, with people using Chinese tips and techniques to help the energy flow better in bedrooms and living rooms. In terms of workspace design, Feng Shui can also be a great ally.
Below you’ll find some Feng Shui tips that can be implemented in flexible workspaces to give the workspace a better energy flow and therefore provide members with improved moods and increased productivity and wellness levels.
In feng shui terms, it is important to position desks opposite the main door of the workstation. In open plan spaces, desks can be positioned directly opposite main entrance points.
The reasoning behind this type of arrangement is that a desk facing directly opposite the door invites good chi into the workspace, which in turn creates a peaceful and soothing atmosphere that also brings positive changes that could strengthen your career.
Bear in mind that one should always face the door and not give one’s back to it. If for some reason you are unable to place the desk so that you are facing the door, you can place a mirror on the desk in a position that it reflects the main entrance.
Create a Space for Creativity
Now that desks are placed in in a welcoming position, it’s time to take care of all the clutter on (and even in) it.
Any kind of clutter on your desk represents unfinished business.
Make sure to arrange your desk in a way that suits your personal tastes and styles, but in such a way that there is some structure behind the organization. Decluttering the workspace and organizing it has been linked to increased productivity.
Setting Desks for Success
This is considered the most vital step of workspace arrangement according to Feng Shui principles.
You’ll need to use the Bagua map (a tool that helps decide which part/space of your desk correlated to your personal life) to arrange your desk. According to this map, different parts of a desk represent different parts of an individual’s life.
Some general object positioning tips:
The back left edge of the desk symbolizes wealth and prosperity. Use this place wisely as it’ll attract wealth and prosperity. You can place something valuable, such a plant or a vase.
The center back of the Bagua map is the location for fame and popularity. You can utilize this location to place a nameplate or business card. Furthermore, motivational quotes and images can also be placed here.
- Love and relationships
If you want to focus on strengthening your relationships and finding love, then concentrate on the right back corner of your desk. Place fresh flowers and a picture of your partner and yourself on that particular spot on the desk to spark romance and usher good luck.
You can place a family picture at the center of the desk which, according to Feng Shui principles, will enrich the energy of that particular spot.
We know that sitting for prolonged hours is fatal to health, however, you can practice good Feng Shui by keeping the center of your desk clutter free, this will in turn boost overall health.
Sadia Suhail is a serial content marketer, who is passionate about Inbound marketing, SEO, CRO, Email marketing and Ecommerce. She recently wrote a guide on Feng Shui 2016.