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Feng Shui Your Desk for Workplace Success

Feng Shui Your Desk for Workplace Success
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Finding a new job is a popular New Year's resolution, but, if you’re not ready to jump ship, consider applying Feng Shui to your workspace to boost your job satisfaction. Whether you work in a spacious office or a confining cubicle, you can increase your vitality and productivity with Feng Shui for your desktop.

Feng Shui literally means wind and water. It refers to the five elements and using their energies to facilitate better flow with your environment. Using the energy principles of Feng Shui to arrange your environment can decrease stress, ease boredom and soothe anxiety.

Work spaces and the people in them influence your personal energy. When you have to work in environments where you have little to no control over how the space is arranged it’s important to create good energy within whatever personal boundaries your office affords.

Practitioners of Feng Shui claim people who have a greater sense of control over their environment report higher job satisfaction, better self esteem and improved relationships.

The one thing you have complete control over is your self. Even subtle changes in your attitude about your job and work space can have profound effects. If you only have dominion over your desk, for example, use this small surface to create a nurturing landscape. Arranging objects according to Feng Shui principles will attract positive energy.

Improve your workplace Qi with these simple guidelines:

1. See it Coming
If possible, orient your desk facing the front door of your office or the main door to the building. If you can’t arrange your office furniture, place a small mirror on your desk to reflect the office entrance.

According to Feng Shui principles this offers protection as well as alerts you to opportunities. It also eases stress to be able to see what or who is coming into your space.

2. Declutter and Organize
Clutter is Feng Shui’s nemesis. Clutter represents things that are incomplete, unresolved or disheveled. Find an organizational system that works for you to allow creativity to flow into your mind and space.

3. Map for Positive Flow
One of the most basic Feng Shui tools is the Bagua Map. A nine-part grid, it is the Feng Shui architect’s sacred blueprint for facilitating positive energy flow.

The Bagua Map depicts different areas of a space—a desk, a home, a building—and their correlating life attributes including their corresponding element and color. The upper left area, for example, represent abundance and prosperity. So, maybe you want to place your payroll timesheets there.

Place objects on your desk in the proper area and you can make any modest territory into a map for conquering your energetic world!

4. Peace is Elementary
Introduce as many of the five elements into your space as you can. A small fountain or picture of a lake will symbolize water. Red or orange desk accessories can represent fire. A plant or flower can represent both the earth element and the desk area’s corresponding color.

Use these guidelines to make small changes to your workspace. You may see some big results right away, or change may come gradually. Either way, the most important thing is to invite joy and positive energy into your life!

Written by Kim Alyce Steffgen
With a background in journalism and marketing communications, Kim's wordsmithing reflects a love of language that brings spice to many ads, articles, banners, and videos. To that spice she adds her passion for herbs, plants and alternative health.
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