One of the most important aspects is the position of your desk.
Here is a situation: You are entering a coffee shop, which has seats and tables along the walls as well as in the middle of the room, with some chairs’ backs to the door. Where would you sit? Probably not with your back to the door, but somewhere against the wall, where you had visual command over the space. You’d feel more relaxed that way and wouldn’t have to be ‘on guard’.
This instinctual reaction also applies to an office. You can be more relaxed and effective at your work if you sit with your back against a solid wall, from which you have clear view of the doorway. This generally means that it’s better to have your desk in the middle of the room, with you behind it.
Purpose and Workflow
What type of work are you doing in your office? There are certain actions that occur in a sequence as part of your work. Have a look at what that sequence is – and then see if you can arrange the elements of your office to follow that sequence.
For example if you are processing requests that involve files, have these in some place where you can access them without having to get up – unless you need to get off the computer and benefit from a walk to the other corner of the room.
Make sure that you have a space that facilitates the purpose of your activities.
And there is the feel of an office, which is also determined by its inherent energies: to generate income, we’d ideally want a space that has radiant Yang (active) energies. Yang energies come in through doorways and windows and fill the space with life force.
There are positive and negative Yang energies. You’d want your office located where it can benefit from great, or at least reasonably good, Yang energies. And even more importantly, you would not want it located with destructive energies, as these contribute to things going wrong, bad decisions and ‘Murphy’s law’ at work.
Yin energies are also important. They sit in walls and support your personal energy and wellbeing. If the energy in the wall behind you is negative, you would get tired easily or feel dull, worn out or heavy. With a positive Yin energy, you will have good personal support in the space.
Ideally, you’d have great Yin and Yang energies in your office, or at least reasonably good ones. Negative energies can become another hurdle to a successful business operation that you don’t really need.
Once you have established the energies of your office, you can enhance the positive potential – and reduce any negative influences - with the right colours and décor.
Energies vary from home to home, office to office. They are dependent on the orientation, age and layout of a building. I work these out during a Feng Shui consultation to help you make the very best of your space.
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