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Feng Shui Your Desk For Career Success

 

office-fsHave you used feng shui around your desk? It's a great way to "test drive" feng shui, to see how well it works for you -- while creating a more functional and ENJOYABLE workspace.

WHERE TO START

 

In feng shui, we work with a 3x3 grid called a BAGUA (said "bagg-wahh"). The grid is placed over your floorplan, and can look like a tic-tac-toe board, or perhaps the face of a clock, seen from above. With this, we can organize any room, home, or office into areas, each with its own color and design themes. So, let's pretend you are floating over your office, looking down into it. And each section related to a different AREA of your life. So let's pretend that you can see the bagua grid that's overlayed onto your floor plan. Starting clockwise from your left -- about the "eight o'clock" area of the clock -- the design themes are:

knowledge

family and security

money

fame

romance

creativity

helpful people and travel

career

At the CENTER of the clock--the middle of the bagua grid -- the theme is health.

USING FENG SHUI AT WORK

You can apply these same design principles to your DESK, too. In fact, when you're new to feng shui, this can be a great way to begin. You'll soon have a better organized work area, and perhaps a little "feng shui magic" will boost your career as well.

ORGANIZING YOUR INFORMATION

Sit at your desk, and start at the left side. In feng shui, this is the KNOWLEDGE area. It's an ideal place to store your reference books, such as your dictionary, manuals, and anything else you often reach for when you're working.

GETTING THE SUPPORT 

If you have a counter or bookcase to the left of your desk, the top may be the perfect place for symbols of FAMILY (family photos) and Security (anything that says "old money" to you).

CARING FOR YOUR FINANCES

The back left corner of your desk is the MONEY area. Whether your monitor is there or something else, be sure to keep this corner clean, dust-free, and uncluttered. If there's space in back of your monitor for photos or posters, this is the perfect place for pictures of what you plan to do (or own) when you have an even better income.

BEING RECOGNIZED

At the back center area of your desk, or on the wall directly in front of you, take advantage of this FAME area. Display awards, diplomas, certificates, and anything that tells others about your accomplishments. Add a little red -- the best color for this area -- to draw attention to your new display.

FEELING THE LOVE  EVEN AT WORK

At the right corner of your desk, and on the wall behind it, the focus is ROMANCE. This is where you'll place photos of your sweetie, or symbols of love and partnerships. If you have flowers or pens at this area of your workspace, remember: Everything in twos... no "onesies"! (Of course, if you're hoping for a date this weekend, put two fresh flowers in a vase in this area. But, be prepared: This might work even better than you'd expected.)

THINKING CREATIVELY

Closer to you on the right, it's your CREATIVITY area. Be sure to keep symbols of what you do that's original, as well as tools for creating things at work. Whether this is a stapler or a set of pens and paintbrushes, the emphasis should be on creativity. And, if you're a fan of Disney or other cartoons, those figures and pictures go in this area. (If you have children, this is the perfect place for pictures of your little darlings, too.)

NETWORKING FOR WORK

At your immediate and front right, it's the helpful PEOPLE and TRAVEL area. This is where you'll put your Rolodex or Palm, or whatever you use to store names and phone numbers. This is also a good place to display vacation-related items and pictures.

TAKING CARE OF YOUR WELL-BEING

And, the center of your desk is the HEALTH area. If you want a healthy career, your work area should be clean & "happy looking" at the center. With spring on the way, consider a new blotter or other desktop covering in sunny yellow; that's the best color for the Health area.

REACHING YOUR PROFESSIONAL GOALS

Finally, your chair represents your CAREER area. Keep your chair well-oiled (if it's on wheels or springs) and clean. Polish any chrome on it, and keep it dusted. If you're on any kind of mat that protects the floor underneath, make sure that your mat looks fresh and new. If it doesn't, a replacement may be a small expense for the potential benefits. Or, sometimes a little floor polish will renew a plastic floor mat and make it look

 

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Using Feng Shui Cures in your home office for success

 

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Placement of objects in a particular area or quadrant of your office or desk can enhance the energy to various aspects of your life. To understand where the various quadrants of your desk are, consider where you sit as the front of the desk. For example, as you sit facing your desk, the wealth quadrant would be the upper left corner. Here's a few cures for your office:

Get rid of clutter in your home or office. Eliminating clutter will begin to clear away certain problems in your life and make room for something new and desirable to enter.

The wealth quadrant or upper left corner is the most important part of your home office or desk. Place a crystal bowl or a healthy plant in this area to enrich this area of your business.

A red object such as red flowers placed in the upper left corner of your office or desk can bring financial success-placed in the back center portion of your office or desk can bring fame.

Place a medium-sized rug in the center of your office. A deep blue, black, or other dark color rug in the middle of the office is like a deep pool of water upon which to rest the eyes and reflect.

If you don't have a view outside from where you sit, hang a plant or a picture of a plant in your line of view to bring the outdoors inside for a calming effect.

Never place anything blue in the fame quadrant or back center portion of your office or desk--you will be drowning your fame.

It takes money to make money, so pay attention to the quality of things you put into your office. You should only have objects that are truly meaningful to you in your home office.

Though a complex science and art, many of the principles of feng shui are common sense and based on intuition. When incorporating these principles into your home office, aim for simplicity, think creatively, and trust your intuition. Imagine being drawn to your office because you feel comfortable and relaxed. This results in a flow of creative energy which leads to an increase in productivity which ultimately leads to success and prosperity.

 

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Using Color in Your Office


 

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Color research shows that people are stimulated in specific ways by different colors. Feng shui uses color as a cure to promote the appropriate energy for a space. That's why it's important to pick a color based on the tasks you will be performing. For example:

Yellow stimulates clarity of thought, creativity, and mental activity--making it an excellent color for a home office. Yellow also promotes discipline, which anyone working in a home office needs.

Red is an aggressive color, so it's a good choice for anyone making deals or selling, and for those who entertain clients in their office.

A blue-green color can be soothing, yet creative--a good color choice for writers.

Oranges and other warm desert colors stimulate socialization and collaboration--good for a small office using a team approach to management.

Your ceiling should be painted a light color--a dark color will make you feel as if there's a dark cloud hanging over your head while you work.

 

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The Dos and Don'ts of Desk Placement
in your home office

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According to feng shui, the placement of your desk can impact how you feel while working in your office. If possible, follow these dos and don'ts in arranging your desk:

 

  • Do place your desk diagonally across from the doorway-this will allow you a clear line of vision.
  • Do place your desk so that you're sitting with your back to a wall or corner-this will create a sense of security. If you absolutely have to sit with your back to the door, hang a mirror in front of you or angled above your desk so that you can see anyone walking into the room.
  • Do position your desk facing into the room rather than facing a wall. If you decide to place your desk flat up against a wall, it is best if a window is to your left if you're right-handed, and to your right if you're left-handed.

 

  • Don't place your desk so that your back is to the door-this will cause you to be jumpy, easily startled, and distracted because you never know who's behind you or you'll feel like you're being stabbed in the back.
  • Don't place your desk so that your back is against a full wall of windows-this position may make you feel as though nothing solid is backing you up.
  • Don't place your desk in the center of the room-you will lose power and authority.
  • Don't place your desk directly in line with the door, either facing it or with it to your side--you will receive the full force of energy coming into the room and you may feel confused or agitated.
  • Don't place your desk flat up against a window so that you face directly out. The only situation in which it is good to place your desk against a window, provided no one can look in at you, is if you face due north-considered a prosperous direction-when looking directly out. 
  • Don't position your desk where you feel cramped, confined, have a limited field of vision, or where there is a passageway behind you.

 

Using Feng Shui in Your Home Office

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Have you ever walked into a home or office and instantly felt comfortable and relaxed? Can you recall an environment that made you feel uncomfortable or anxious for no apparent reason? An explanation for these positive or negative feelings in different environments may be found in the principles of feng shui (pronounced fung schway).

Feng shui is the ancient art of placement and design used to balance and enhance the energy flow in living environments. The Chinese have relied on feng shui for over 3,000 years to assure an abundance of wealth and love in their lives. Feng shui experts believe that by creating harmony and balance in your physical environment you will attract good luck and prosperity in all areas of your life.

The practice of feng shui is based on the flow of ch'i (pronounced chee)--the life force or vital energy that links people with their surroundings. Ch'i is the medium by which energy moves into an environment. According to feng shui principles, ch'i is a tangible force that gives way to physical manifestations when it flows freely or hinders physical manifestations when it is blocked. A practitioner uses feng shui to read the energy movement in a home or office and restructure the movement to enhance health, harmony, and abundance.

So what does this have to do with your home office? By following some basic principles of feng shui, you may improve your productivity and career prospects as well as enhance your success, creativity, and wealth. Specifically, you can use feng shui to determine where to set up your home office, the best placement of your desk, the use of color in your office, and incorporate "cures" into your office to change the flow of blocked energy.

 

 

Home Office Location

If you have the luxury of choosing the location of your home office, these tips can guide you in maximizing the flow of energy:

Since energy enters your home through the front door, you want to set up your home office in the front of the house to take advantage of

the flow of energy. If you're in the back, it's more difficult to receive any energy. This will also be beneficial if you will be receiving clients

and conducting business with others in your home office.

 

Once energy enters through the front door it flows up, so it is preferable to be on the entry level or above as opposed to a level below the

main floor of the house. It's difficult for energy to move down into the basement.

 

A rectangular-shaped room is best for a home office. If the room you choose for your office is L-shaped, use one of the areas for your

desk and the other for a sitting area.

 

 Suggested "Cures" for Less Ideal Locations

In the art of feng shui, a cure is a change you make in your environment to bring balance and harmony into the space. When the flow of ch'i or energy is blocked or stagnant, a feng shui cure can get the energy moving again to create change.

The following "cures" can be used to alter blocked or stagnant energy: 

 • If your home office is in your bedroom, hide the office area with a screen at night so that you don't mix energies when you move from

work to sleep.

 

If your home office does not have a window, brighten up the room with yellow paint, bright lights, and pictures of the outdoors.

 

If your home office is located in the basement, paint the walls and ceilings a bright white. Create as much light as possible with bright

lighting. Install a fan to get the energy moving.

 

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Bring Luck to your office or workspace with Feng Shui!

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Feng Shui for the home is a great way of bringing balance and peace in your life but what about your office...? 

With people spending more hours at work than at home, building positive energies in the office or workspace can affect your overall attitude and health.  If your job’s got you down, it may not be your work – it may be your space.  Taking the time to implement a few Feng Shui guidelines to your office or workspace may make the difference between dreading your morning commute to looking forward to your career.

DEFINING YOUR GOALS: is a great way to feel uplifted and motivated to work. I find that the easiest way to formulate my goals is to use visualization. You can make a collage  of the things you desire and display it in your office to give you inspiration or you can write a letter to the universe. Two years ago I wrote a description of my ideal job on a piece of red paper and hanged it in the career area of my bedroom and now I am living it daily. 

GETTING RID OF CLUTTER: is an essential step to apply. You see: “The problem with clutter is... it leaves no room for growth!”

Often, the clutter in your office creates confusion in your mind. It adds negative emotions such as stress, moodiness, overwhelming feelings, exhaustion. It also affects deadlines, finances, your professional image, your time as things get lost or damaged...

The best approach for De-cluttering is to define what you Need, Love or Use and put systems in place. The rest needs to go!

LOCATING YOUR DESK in the “Command Position”

This means that your desk needs to face the door and you should have a view on the overall space. Does your desk face the entrance?  If not, then you may be feeling vulnerable and nervous.  Try moving your desk around or adding a mirror that will allow you to see the door or entrance.  Having your back towards a window can also bring on feelings of insecurity.  Hang blinds or curtains to lessen this feeling.

DISPLAYING INSPIRATIONAL VISUALS such as images of people that are your mentors, heroes, even your work team if you need their support. Any images, even abstract art or landscape which represents achievement for you can work.

   USING COLOR. It is very important in the art of Feng Shui.   Offices and workspaces are often painted white but this color is not the most cheerful to work around.  In Feng Shui we define 2 types of colors. The Yin colors promoting healing and relaxation such as black, blue, green, purple. And the yang colors essential to provide enthusiasm and the positive energy required needed to do something or be motivated. The best colors associated to career are black for business, green for money, red to give a boost to all projects. Use color in your clothing, on the walls, for accessories, even for files and folders. LIGHTING UP is essential for a happy work environment.  Replace fluorescent bulbs with full spectrum bulbs.  If you’re unable to do this, then try bringing in your own lighting with floor and desk lamps.

POTTING PLANTS help bring nature and air into an area.  Always work with an odd number of healthy plants. 9 is the ideal number. Remember to place a plant in your prosperity area (far left side of the room from the entrance) to help grow your finances.

   USING WATER at the entrance of your workspace or office promotes peace in the room. Put a small fountain or even a picture of water near your entrance to achieve this calming effect; a small fish tank is another option. But more than anything, water at the entrance supports your career as it  represents a flowing river bringing in new opportunities.STAYING UP TO DATE by using recent and well maintained equipment. You want to ensure that you get all the support you need and that your work is facilitated. Also, having the right tools helps keeping you stress level down, reach your deadlines and show professionalism.

BRINGING YOUR PERSONALITY into your office. It is an essential ingredient to help you feel comfortable and raise your confidence. So display photos of people you love and that are supportive of you. Also put your stamp in by displaying items that identify you such as hobby items and memorabilia. 

You now have a list of easy tips to use for your office. And the benefits are endless... You can achieve career advancement, reduce your stress, improve your focus, make more money,enhance authority and confidence... So Use Feng Shui to boost your career!  

Marie Burgos

Tel: 917-353-9149 /  212-726-1232

marie@manobluedesign.com

www.manobluedesign.com

 

 

 

Be in "The Command position" at the Office

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What is being in "The Command Position"at the office?

You don't need to be the CEO to be in the command position, each of us can and should be in our Command Position. Feeling empowered, feeling safe, being recognized by others and reduce stress are all entities we want to have at the office.

 

Here are some guidelines for the placement of your desk to be in control of your life at work: 

The position:

Specifically for the office, it is important to face the door.

Avoid placing yourself directly in front of the door but in the farthest corner, in diagonal from the door. It offers the best command position.

 

The benefits:

Seating in the command position gives you power and control over your space. You can see people coming in and out and are never surprised. It helps with your confidence, your feeling of being prepared and your stress level.

 

The threat:

 Sitting where you can’t see what is going on behind you makes you feel tense and vulnerable. The consequences can be multiple. You could be in conflict with your colleagues or boss. You also can go unnoticed and passed for promotions and projects that are of interest for you. You can feel undermined. You can also have difficulties concentrating, being productive and bringing projects to their end. In addition, this position creates stress and tension for your back and can affect your health in general.

 

The solutions:

Of course, it is not always possible to move your desk around because you work in a cubicle or because of the size or shape of the room but in Feng Shui “cures” can be applied to address these issues. 

Ensure you are seating on a solid chair that is high enough to protect your neck and head. 

Put a picture of a mountain in the inside of the back of your chair for support or the picture or business card of your boss to get his support. 

Install a small mirror on your desk that allows you to see who is coming behind you so you are never surprised. 

Make a list of your objectives and goals and display it on your desk so you can read them everyday.

 

Marie Burgos

Manoblue Design LLC

www.manobluedesign.com

marie@manobluedesign.com 

Easy Tips to use to Feng Shui Your Office or Workspace.

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Feng Shui for the home is a great way of bringing balance and peace in your life but what about your office...?

With people spending more hours at work than at home, building positive energies in the office or workspace can affect your overall attitude and health.  If your job’s got you down, it may not be your work – it may be your space.  Taking the time to implement a few Feng Shui guidelines to your office or workspace may make the difference between dreading your morning commute to looking forward to your career.

DEFINING YOUR GOALS: is a great way to feel uplifted and motivated to work. I find that the easiest way to formulate my goals is to use visualization. You can make a collage  of the things you desire and display it in your office to give you inspiration or you can write a letter to the universe. Two years ago I wrote a description of my ideal job on a piece of red paper and hung it in the career area of my bedroom and now I am living it daily.

GETTING RID OF CLUTTER: is an essential step to apply as the problem with clutter is: “it leaves no room for growth!”

Often, the clutter in your office creates confusion in your mind. It adds negative emotions such as stress, moodiness, overwhelming feelings, exhaustion. It also affects deadlines, finances, your professional image, your time as things get lost or damaged...

The best approach for De-cluttering is define what you need, love or use and put systems in place. The rest needs to go!

LOCATING YOUR DESK in the “Command Position”

This means that your desk needs to face the door and you should have a view on the overall space. Does your desk face the entrance?  If not, then you may be feeling vulnerable and nervous.  Try moving your desk around or adding a mirror that will allow you to see the door or entrance.  Having your back towards a window can also bring on feelings of insecurity.  Hang blinds or curtains to lessen this feeling.

DISPLAYING INSPIRATIONAL VISUALS such as images of people that are your mentors, heroes, even your team if you need their support. Any images, even abstract art or landscape which represents achievement for you can work.

USING COLOR. It is very important in the art of Feng Shui.   Offices and workspaces are often painted white but this color is not the most cheerful to work around.  In Feng Shui we define 2 types of colors. The Yin colors promote healing and relaxation such as black, blue, green, purple. And the yang colors are essential to provide enthusiasm and the positive energy required needed to do something or be motivated. The best colors associated to career are black for business, green for money, red to give a boost to all projects. Use color in your clothing, on the walls, for accessories, even for files and folders.

LIGHTING UP is essential for a happy work environment.  Replace fluorescent bulbs with full spectrum bulbs.  If you’re unable to do this, then try bring in your own lighting with floor and desk lamps.

POTTING PLANTS help bring nature and air into an area.  Always work with an odd number of healthy plants. 9 is the ideal number. Remember to place a plant in your prosperity area (far left side of the room from the entrance) to help grow your finances.

USING WATER at the entrance of your workspace or office promotes peace in the room – this is why so many find it appealing to have one in their front yards.  Put a small fountain or even a picture of water near your entrance to achieve this calming effect; a small fish tank is another option. But more than anything, water at the entrance supports your career as it  represents a flowing river bringing in new opportunities.

STAYING UP TO DATE by using recent and well maintained equipment. You want to ensure that you get all the support you need and that your work is facilitated. Also, having the right tools helps keeping you stress level down, reach your deadlines and show professionalism.

BRINGING YOUR PERSONALITY into your office. It is an essential ingredient to help you feel comfortable and raise your confidence. So display photos of people you love and that are supportive of you. Also put your stamp in by displaying items that identify you such as hobby items and memorabilia.

You now have a list of easy tips to use for your office. And the benefits are endless... You can achieve career advancement, reduce your stress, improve your focus, make more money,enhance authority and confidence... So Use Feng Shui to boost your career!

For more information on Feng Shui and Interior Design, please visit www.manobluedesign.com