Feng shui is the ancient art of aligning objects in our external world to support us on our internal journey-our life’s work. It operates around us whether we’re conscious of it or not! If you are setting up a home office, consider these tips to boost your productivity and set yourself up for success.
A home office is more than just a desk in a room. According to feng shui, for maximum productivity an office should:
- Support the work you do-physically and mentally
- Reflect your personality
- Enhance your financial goals
- Serve your current needs and goals while keeping you open to future possibilities.
To get started:
- Find the right space. It could be the guest room or formal living room that never gets used. Although a separate space with a door is ideal, an open area such as a living or family room can work too. Consider using screens to separate your office space from the living area. Also, consider the path your clients will take to reach you and what they’ll see along the way. A rarely used living room near the front door may be perfect.
- Love your desk. You will be spending a lot of time here, so treat yourself to a desk you love that is the right height, constructed of material you admire, and shaped to allow easy access to everything you need. An open-front desk enables others to feel connected to you. A closed-front desk creates a boundary.
- Place your desk in the command or “power” position. Seated in this position you feel safe, comfortable, and primed for work. Place your desk so you:
- Can see the doorway
- Are out of the way of the energy flow from the door
- Have a solid wall behind you
- Have a wall or some other barrier to one side of you.
- Position other items based on use. Need your printer frequently? Move it close to the desk. Will you see clients? Arrange chairs in a special area. Will you have an assistant? Dedicate a small area that is only theirs.
- Make room for storage. The bane of most home offices is too little storage, which often means stuff piled on the floor or on chairs. In feng shui, clutter equals stuck energy and stuck energy equals stalled finances. Use both open and closed storage. Open storage such as bookshelves invites new energy (like future clients); closed storage such as file cabinets keeps work confidential and secure.
- Use plants and art to beautify and personalize your space. Plants are a great way to fill in a corner, soften angles, or circulate energy. Select art that you love and that reflects your personality and your work.
A happy, productive attorney creates prosperity. These simple feng shui tips will help to make your home office a place you look forward to being in every day!
About the author
Lorrie Webb Grillo is a Certified Practitioner of Essential Feng Shui® and owner of Thriving Spaces Feng Shui. Her practice includes residential and business feng shui consultation, as well as teaching workshops and writing on feng shui.