10 simple steps to turn your office into a powerhouse of success!
Feng Shui may help improve your business prospects by attracting more customers who are well-heeled and ready to spend. In fact, followers claim a few simple changes can add $$$ to your bottom line!
In this week’s blog we list 10 simple steps to turn your office into a powerhouse of success through this 3,000 year old practice. And if it’s all too hocus pocus for you, these tips and tricks will at least declutter your office to create an environment geared for accomplishment.
Feng Shui is an ancient art and science from China believed to create more prosperity in all aspects of life. Within business and in the office, which is a reflection of your commitment to your occupation and your personal self-worth, Feng Shui lays out the following steps:
Step 1. Designate the office. Whether it’s a whole room or part of a room, all stored and non-relevant items should be removed from sight. We work best in clean, organised, uncluttered areas, so ask yourself, is everything on display in my office relevant to its function and purpose? If not, move everything out, especially what’s stored in cupboards and up on shelves – there’s no place to hide from Feng Shui eyes! Only bring the relevant items back. Evaluate the rest - do you love it or is it useful? If not, get rid of it or find another space for it.
Step 2. A place for everything and everything in its place. Designate a place for all items where they are returned after use. Put frequently used things in the most assessable spots. Time spent working is much more pleasant when we can easily locate and access items when required.
Step 3. Setting up. Place yourself in the power position. This is the position where you have a view of every entryway and you have a wall behind you. Where there’s a choice of places or direction, put your chair in each and sit quietly for a few minutes getting an idea of what it would be like to spend time there. The one that immediately feels right is your power position. (I’m immune to arguments about the desk taking up the whole room and untidy computer cables.) This is known as the “great hall” effect where the pathway to your desk is open, free flowing and clear of clutter. When you set yourself up in the power position you have control in the space, your self-esteem goes up and you can accomplish more.
Step 4. Make your desk and chair combination comfortable. These items are worth investing in. The desk should be at a comfortable height and large enough for you to organise yourself without feeling cramped. I recommend 1500mm x 900mm.
Step 5. Clean and clear clutter. Maintain a clear desk top. Paperwork is relentless in its onslaught. Separate personal and business paperwork. Deal with it immediately using the TRAF technique Toss, Refer, Act or File. Creating a pile to deal with later creates clutter which is bad Feng Shui. A clean workstation boosts energy flow which in turn assists to increase prospects.
Step 6. Remove obstacles. In Feng Shui we consider that opportunity flows to us in direct proportion to ease of entry and the welcome that is experienced in our environments – so make the area inviting too!
Feng Shui tells us that everything is alive with memories, feelings and associations. What are the objects in your office saying to you? Question their origin, did you come by it because that’s all you could afford or find at the time? Are you still in a good relationship with the person it came from or would something else be more suitable?
Step 7. Condition audit. Does everything work and is everything kept in optimal condition? In Feng Shui it is very important that we either attend to the repair of items immediately or where we are not prepared to do this we discard them. An item that is less than ideal is said to begin negatively impacting energy flow after 28 days.
Step 8. Lighting. Use natural light as much as possible. If you use fluorescent lights, use full-spectrum (daylight) bulbs.
Step 9. Plants absorb potentially harmful gases and clean the air. Golden cane has been shown to be one of the more efficient plants at recycling expelled air. Plants also make offices more pleasant spaces to spend time. When people feel good, they perform better. It is important that the plants are well cared for and that they remain healthy and vibrant. No plant graveyards please.
Step 10. Office art. What you look at affects the way you think and can therefore affect your overall performance. Avoid imagery such as Munch’s ‘The Scream’ - although you may feel your workplace drives you crazy, these types of images serve to reinforce those negative thoughts, so instead use images that make you smile and uplift your energy.
Sceptical? Try it for 28 days and if you don’t find any benefits (including increased business) then change back.
Author: Debra Jarvis.
Debra has 17 years of professional experience as a Feng Shui Consultant and her knowledge is now available to you to learn from. You can read her book ‘ABC of Feng Shui’, get personalised one-on-one time by booking a Consultation (on-site or virtual) and you can learn and study Feng Shui for yourself by applying to attend the 'Real World' Feng Shui Practitioner Training Program.