Basic feng shui rules
If you want to do your own space makeover, it is helpful to keep certain basic rules in mind.
Clear away clutter.
Keep desks free of piles of paper. A messy office creates negative
energy, plus you’ll spend an unnecessary amount of time searching for needed items. Do major paper purging annually, and clear the paper from your desk daily or, at the very least, weekly.
Pick the right room lighting.
The amount of lighting is critical – too little
can diminish productivity while too much can cause headaches. The optimum wattage for task lighting depends on the size of your space and the nature of your work. A computer worker, for example, can
benefit from a desktop lamp that allows for personal brightness adjustment. For accent lighting, small wall fixtures that
give off soft, indirect light can work well. Warm lighting is preferable to harsh fluorescent lighting, especially if you spend hours looking at a computer screen.
Strategically place your desk.
This helps to influence prosperity. Position yourself to view as much of the room as possible. If you can, place your desk on the south side of your office. This is considered the wealth corner.
Keep furniture size balanced.
Furniture size is important — an item that overwhelms a room will prevent harmony, an essential component of feng shui. Avoid placement near or in a doorway. This positioning is negative for work
productivity. An entranceway allows for ch’i, or life energy, to flow throughout the space. Take advantage of this powerful force (and protect your privacy!) by moving away from the doorway.
Watch the placement of mirrors.
Don’t put them opposite your main entryway (according to feng shui dictates, this can scare away customers). Full-length mirrors hung on side walls can denote the doubling of customers, while octagonal
mirrors attract positive energy.
Decorate with plants.
Plants generate ch’i and brighten a drab work space. Two great feng shui plants are bamboo, which symbolizes good luck, and rubber plants, the round leaves of which represent good fortune. Their green color also promotes business growth.
Finally, if you would like to receive advance guidance on the elements of feng shui in the office, consider hiring a professional. Like an interior decorator, they can work within the limitations of your space
to make the most of it. They can do big jobs or recommend small changes, such as placing three I-Ching coins tied with red ribbon on your credit card terminals and with your invoices (this can bring you
Regardless of the level of change youdecide to implement, incorporating fengshui into today’s hectic workplace can be aplus for today’s busy entrepreneur.
Barbara Weltman is an attorney, author (with such titles as J.K. Lasser’s Small Business Taxes and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting a Home-Based Business), and trusted professional advocate for small businesses and entrepreneurs. She is also the publisher of Idea of the Day® and monthly e-newsletter Big Ideas for Small Business® at www.barbaraweltman.com, and host of Build Your Business radio. Follow her on Twitter: @BarbaraWeltman.