Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice that gives you a variety of easy and practical techniques to improve your way of life. Feng means wind, Shui means water it is ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It came to mean good fortune to anyone who practices it.
Feng Shui has a psychological content that separates it from merely decorating your place. It manipulates energy to enable its flow to maintain a positive momentum in given area. It uses directions to determine “Chi (Qi)” or the energy flow in a particular area or of a person.
It increases productivity, enhances discipline, creativity and success. Lawrence Brown, founder of Dallas boutique law firm specialized in white collar crimes, has implemented some Feng shui aspect to his law firm. He noticed a change in overall employee moral and saw many of his lawyers were bringing in more clients. It also attracted abundance, improved mental clarity and focus, reduced stress and helped them feel more relaxed and peaceful. Your office will also benefit from it because the space you’ll make can inspire new projects and can stir creative endeavors to flourish.
How to Feng Shui Your Office
1. Orient your desk.
Your desk should never have its back to a door or a window. Desks facing the wrong direction can throw off the balance of the entire office. Orient your desk directly across the main door where you can see as much of the room as possible. This arrangement offers protection and attracts opportunities as they come to you during your career.
2. De-clutter the office and organize everything.
A clutter-free workspace allows for all your creativity to flow naturally because our surroundings directly affect our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well being. It invites focus and inspiration. Use colored binders, labeled shelves, cables should be hidden from sight and bins should have covers.
3. Utilize the south-east and decorate it with symbols of fortune.
This invites money to keep coming in. Some symbols or items you may want to use are a jade plant in a red pot, flowing water or a pond with a fish in it, a coin jar, etc.
4. Design it with items that can help relieve stress.
You can start by using furniture with rounded corners or positioning sharp corners out of the way. The light in the office should be regulated and harsh lighting should be avoided.
Flowing water represents prosperity and wealth, which is something you may want to consider. Add music or mist with essential oils if you must to keep stress levels to a minimum.
Natural light is scientifically proven to impact the way we feel. We get Vitamin D from sunlight that helps us feel happier and stress-free. A happy office is always creative, responsive, participative and efficient so adding up additional windows in your office is always going to be worth it. If your office is somewhere natural light can’t get to, make sure your office is still well-lit by adding lamps, or more lights.
6. Incorporate a Bagua in the office.
A Bagua is an 8 sides map where each side correlates to each aspect of your life. Just like how Southeast side relates to money. It helps you reflect on various aspects of your life. If you’ve had a stressful day at work, you can just look at the Bagua and remind yourself to breathe.
7. Use the concept of Yin and Yang/ Balance and Harmony.
Yin and Yang represents the feminine and masculine energies. To simply put the concept of balancing yin and yang, you must find balance between the two extreme forces, i.e. if you’re office is too bright, try incorporating furniture in darker tones, or an abundance of angular furniture can be balanced when by adding curved or flow-y objects.
8. Choose office-suitable feng shui colors.
Choosing the color of your office is probably one of the hardest parts in the design process. Consider the following when deciding which color to use: study the psychological effects of colors to people’s psyche, research about feng shui bagua and the color that corresponds to the utilization of each area. Soft yellow, sandstone, pale gold, pale orange, pale green, blue-green are always suitable for the office according to feng shui. White increases focus while brown and earth tones will keep the office in harmony however, it doesn’t inspire creativity as much.