Feng shui is the ancient Chinese philosophy of creating a harmonious living space through the proper arrangement of objects. Feng shui aims to create an environment filled with positive energy to keep people productive and happy. Many people use this ancient eastern philosophy when building or decorating their houses. You can also use feng shui for your office space. It’s a fun and unique way to get your creative juices flowing.
As Livestrong states, the positioning of your desk has the biggest effect on your positive energy. If your desk faces away from the entrance of your cubicle, chances are you have people sneak up on you a lot or you’re constantly looking over your shoulder to see people coming in. Having your desk face away from the entrance brings in bad energy. The constant looking over your shoulder brings you worry and thus creates bad energy. If you can’t move your desk around, then clip a small mirror in a place where you can see the entrance. This way you can keep an eye on who walks in or by without feeling anxious.
Those grey and white walls probably have you feeling gloomy sometimes. It’s amazing what a change in color can have on your mood. Following the rules of feng shui, good color choices include light blues, earthy greens and bold purples. These colors will boost your mental health. You’ll notice a change in your mood from gloomy and dreary to happy and cheery.
Sharp corners are places where negative energy collects itself. You want to turn those bad energy corners around. You can do this by placing a plant or picture there. The more natural stimulants you have like plants or a small water foundation the better. Natural elements such as these will help deter any bad energy from entering your cubicle space.
Having a chaotic desk winds up making you feel a little off the fritz as well. Do your best to keep your desk organized and clean. This will help you feel more at ease and make you more productive in the end. Being organized is always a good thing. Make use of your cabinets and folders, and take some time to organize all your papers. Get rid of anything that you don’t use. You’ll see that once you’re organized, your work productivity will improve.
Florescent lighting can be a nuisance on your good energy flow. If you can, replace fluorescent bulbs with full-spectrum bulbs. Bring in some extra lighting to keep you from feeling fatigued. Having a small desk lamp or floor lamp for added lighting will have you more alert throughout the day.
After you make your feng shui adjustments, you’ll find your cubicle hasturned into a space of complete zen and productivity.
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