Not too long ago, I received a phone call from another entrepreneur asking for my guidance with a few things. While we were talking, I mentioned to him that I had some information on my desk that could help him out.
I quickly ran to my office, my neck crooked holding my phone in place. When I rushed in, I immediately stopped in my tracks. I stood there staring in disbelief at my desk.
With all the holiday errands, guests and extra trips to the grocery store, I had neglecting tidying up my office, much less my desk. There were three large piles of paper stacked up so high I thought I was looking at a new mountain range.
Why have I not addressed this? I thought. Why have I let it go? Not even two weeks have gone by and it’s come to this; now I can’t find that important piece of information when I need it. There wasn't even a spot of clean desk to be found.
I told my buddy that I’d have to get back with him in the next day or two.
How would you like to be able think clearly and be more productive? Would you like a more harmonious work environment that invigorates and supports you and everyone else you work with? Would you like your business to be more prosperous? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then feng shui for your business just might be for you.
Feng shui is the ancient Chinese art of placing objects in your environment to be in harmony and balance with the natural world around you. Feng shui takes a look at how energy (also called chi or qi) flows through your office (or home, car or even desk!).
It could take years to really get the art of feng shui down, but below I have put together six simple feng shui tips to encourage success in your business.
According to feng shui, your business prosperity and work performance can be amplified by decluttering and establishing order on your desk. Productive chi cannot flow if all that “stuff” on your desk is blocking its movement and cluttering up your mind as well as your workspace.
Take everything off your desk and clean up any cluttered areas around it. Only keep out items on your desk that you use daily. Limit the amount of papers on your desk to those for one project only. Place your other papers and items somewhere other than the top of your desk like in desk drawers, file cabinets, desk drawers and/or storage cabinets.
The feng shui bagua map is one of the main tools to analyze the energy of a certain space. Bagua is the feng shui energy map of your environment that shows you which areas your office, desk or home are connected to specific areas of your life.
Stand inside your office with your back to the front door. Now look straight in front of you. The section of your house in the far right corner is the relationship zone. The part in the far left corner is the money sector. And work yourself around the map. This works the same with your desk.
Use the bagua to guide you; imagine your desktop divided into a nine-part grid, as in the bagua map. Choose several areas of your life that need a little extra boost, and use the following tips to attract good energy to those areas.
Don’t get too crazy littering your desk with items — remember, clutter blocks creativity, so leave a minimum of 50 percent of your desktop clear at all times. Only choose one to three sections to focus on at a time; don’t try to home in on all nine sections at once.
In the practice of feng shui, the prosperity, success and happiness you experience in your business life is extremely influenced by the position of your desk. The prime desk position is the command position. The command position is when your desk is located diagonally across from the entry to the room, with your back to a solid wall and giving you the widest possible view of the room.
Ideally, you’d like to be able to see all of the room’s doors and windows when you sit in the command position. Having visual control over your workspace gives you a much greater degree of true control over your work life. How often have you seen executives sitting with their backs to the doors of their offices?
Live plants bring many positive elements into your workplace. They improve air quality and bring a little of the natural world in. Green plants encourage personal and business growth. If a plant dies, remove it and replace it with another. Some great plants for business feng shui are the lucky bamboo plant, a jade plant, a peace lily or a moth orchid.
Did you know that water is the most powerful symbol of money in feng shui? Its sparkling chi energy is beneficial for your health and prosperity but you must be careful that you keep the water clean at all times. Small fountains that are designed for a desk are great, or you may even consider purchasing an aquarium. Another way to incorporate water into your business is the use of any artifact that depicts water, like a picture.
I have found that since setting up my workspace using feng shui I have much more clarity and I am getting a considerable amount of work finished. I am able to find things when I need them.
Set up your work workspace for success and try coming up with a feng shui plan for your area of choice. Understand that making even small change can really make a big difference in bringing great energy to your business and/or office.
By: J.B. Glossinger