How to Feng Shui your Home Office
If you are working from your home office, the benefits that you enjoy daily can also be your disadvantages. Everything is simply too accessible, the whole world of distractions is just a door away. What you should be doing is making your office a place you never want to leave. To fully grasp the possibilities and be aware of the efficiency you might reach, your Home Office needs to be a place of peace and harmony. Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy of balance and synchronization, its main point is actually that everything around is speaking to us and affecting us. Have you ever looked at an object lying next to you, and distracting you, and you couldn’t explain from where are these feelings coming from? Your lack of motivation may just be the lack of the positive feedback from your surroundings. Here is a final excuse to put your work on hold! I will help you arrange and design your Home Office in a way that will always keep you motivated and productive.
Choose a room that is easily accessible from the moment you open the front door of your house. This will help you stay focused and will contribute positively to the first impression of your potential clients. If your office is settled next to a living room, noises will always distract you, of course. If your bedroom is just a door away, your sense of time management may just trick you when you are constantly snoozing with a thought: “it’s right there, no worries.”
Place your desk far from the entrance, but facing the door. This way your clients will get an impression of your authority right away, and it will buy you a moment of time to prepare yourself for the conversation. Your desk is your work. Bear in mind that confusion and mess are not bringing out the full potential of your creativity, so keep everything in order. Blank space is a space full of options, and when you are arranging your desk, there is one good guideline that you should follow! Buddha said: We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world. How does this apply to your desk? Simply, when you are working your world is your desk, so fill it with things that have a positive, productive and motivating effect on you. Your tools of trade should be in front of you, but also a picture of your loved ones, as a constant reminder why are you working in the first place. Think about having a plant on your desk, the green color is comforting and will have a fruitful effect on you. Also, you need something to motivate you for further work at all times and help you visualize your goal, which could maybe be a postcard of the dream vacation you are planning to go to for holidays.
Your interior should have a design that has a constructive effect on you. Basic elements of feng shui are: earth, fire, water, wood and metal.
Earth tones and natural colors will help you find a balance and will comfort you. If you are expecting anxious clients that are in a need of a help, especially if you are a lawyer or legal representative, this is the element for you.
Fire, on the other hand, brings out passion and excitement, so if you are an artist your office should have a lot of red color around you to keep your inspiration burning.
Water is essential for communicating; this element is free-flowing and is recommended for networking and travel. The combination of blue and black brings out intelligence, and improves concentration within you and others.
Wood is the best choice if you are in the business of medicine or investments. The pattern of wood will help you encourage trust in others and promote opportunities. Your wall panels should be in wooden patterns, as well as your desk and furniture. Always hire commercial builders, don’t try to do the hard labor yourself. Your investments will keep you coming back, and you want your office to look good and not to spot those little mistakes you made during construction.
Metal is the sign of the harvest, it signifies financial success, but don’t overdo it. Few constructions, cold colors, and maybe a sculpture of gold, bronze or other metal will fit in perfectly. It is said that if you want financial success your office should be organized in the west corner of the room.
At the end, sit in your chair and close your eyes. Listen to your surroundings, feel the room, and when you open your eyes try to find what’s missing in your Home Office. Is everything in balance? Then get to work.