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Location is Everything
Feng Shui in your office can include everything from how to organize office closets, furniture, and even location. If you are just setting up your home office, then this is the perfect time to really think through where you want to locate your business operations. If your office location is already chosen, these tips may inspire you to move your office or, at the very least, to improve the space you currently utilize. If your business is one where clients may come to your home office, then you'll want to try to locate the office in a room with a separate entryway from the rest of the house. You don't want clients tripping over teenagers rushing in from high school or to see a mess left over from the morning breakfast dishes.
Most home offices are tucked into extra space, almost without thought for location. However, in Feng Shui, the focus is on open space and the ability for positive energy (Chi) to flow without obstruction. Call this energy or creativity or whatever you want, but one thing is certain, it is hard to focus with too much clutter around and Feng Shui principles are perfect for reducing clutter and opening space.
A space crammed into a nook underneath the stairwell is not conducive to any type of energy flowing. In addition, it may be noisy as people pound up and down the stairs. If your head is pounding from all the noise, then it's going to difficult to be as productive as you could be.
Other things to avoid include:
- Areas with low ceilings and odd shaped ceilings
- Cold and dark areas, such as basements without windows
- In the middle of family affairs or the center of the house, such as the kitchen or living room, because work will take over family life
Although it is best to avoid these situations, don't worry if you can't. Feng shui principles focus on making the area you have better and the focus of this article series will be on improving your work space to help you be more productive.
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The furniture you put in your home office really impacts the space. If you have a large space, you can get by with large, dark power furniture. However, if your work space is small, large furniture may overpower and clutter the space. Start by taking a close look at what your home office space looks like. Decide on whether you need large or small furniture.
Also, if you are not purchasing new furniture but using already exisiting pieces, consider painting those pieces or adding other touches to make them more Chi friendly. Your furniture should be a reflection of your personal tastes and style, but also present the professional image you want for your business. If you want to impress clients with your maturity, a decal of Mickey Mouse on the front of your desk or a bureau may not make the best impression.
Try not to clutter the space with too much furniture. Remember that you want empty space for the energy to flow. Besides, it is hard to work in a space that has too much business going on. Furniture should also be ergonomic so that when you do have to put in long hours, your body doesn't suffer aches and pains in response.
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Your final step with location and furniture is where to place that furniture. The desk should be in the "command position". This means that you should face the doorway, so that you can see anyone entering. However, your chair should not be directly in front of the doorway, but slightly to the side. If you cannot place the desk in a position facing the doorway, use a mirror or get it as close to this position as possible. This position keeps you on top of things and you will be able to see anyone entering your office and respond accordingly.