Being in harmony with your surroundings has obvious benefits for both mental and physical well-being. This is why the ancient Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui plays such an important role in people’s professional lives. Creating a good vibe at work means improved productivity and happier employees – this is crucial considering the amount of time many of us spend in the office. These same principles can also be applied for those working at home. Desk placement is perhaps the most important consideration when applying Feng Shui to a work environment. Some even consider it critical to the success of a business. Here’s a few tips on how best to go about arranging your desk’s position in order to get the most out of your home-office configuration.
Your office should help you to feel productive, powerful and inspired. In addition, better organisation means better creativity and discipline. So before even considering where to place your desk, ensure that your office is clutter-free. This will encourage positive energy to flow throughout your workspace. Try to position objects that you often use within arm’s length so that your focus and concentration remains uninterrupted.
Once you’ve de-cluttered your office, it’s time to start thinking about desk-placement. The command position is one of the most preferred arrangements and requires the desk to be positioned diagonally across from a room’s entry point. This allows the occupant to see as much of the room as possible. It’s also thought that facing a solid wall can hinder creativity. So while the diagonal position isn’t necessarily ideal for an office at home, especially if space is an issue, try pointing your desk away from a wall so that it faces your actual workspace.
Doors are considered to be mouths for energy which flows into a room, so avoid placing your desk directly in front of one. Instead, place it off to one side, aiming to be as far away from the door as is possible. However, make sure that you can see it from your position. This will lend you a sense of authority and control over your surroundings.
Many people opt to place their desk facing a window, thinking that the view will have a calming, relaxing effect. However, it’s been found that the opposite is true. Like a wall-facing desk, the occupant is more likely to wonder what’s going on behind them thus making them feel less relaxed.
Window views can also serve as a distraction, especially if they’re more interesting than the work at hand. And sitting with your back to a window isn’t always the best option, particularly if you have a computer on your desk. Daylight can make it difficult to view computer screens, which often tempts people to draw the curtains or blinds and rely on artificial lighting. It’s important to remember that natural light is very important but, like business chi, needs to be channelled properly.