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Create a Feng Shui Office at Home

feng-shui-home-officeBy Carole Hyder

Because more and more people are working out of their homes, creating a home office that is efficient and productive is important.

Regardless of whether a client comes to the home or if the business is totally reliant on sales/emails/fax, requiring no physical interaction with clients, there are some important Feng Shui considerations to assure success and focus.

The biggest issue with a home office is that it is easy to relax its professional potential. This may be even more so when the office is housed in what used to be a bedroom or if it must share the space with sporadic guest accommodations. Sleeping and working are exclusive of one another.

The office color should be reflective of a business, not a color left-over from when it was a bedroom. You don’t want to look up and remember when your little boy played with his trucks in that room. Those memories, although precious and unforgettable, may not be inspiring to you in terms of getting work done.

Here are 3 additional tips to help you create a Feng Shui office at home…

  1. Use a high-backed chair. Making decisions, calling on clients, paying bills are all activities that can require you to feel like you need all the assistance you can get. A tall chair supports you.
  2. Sit so you can see the entry. To feel strong and empowered, sit in the office so that you can easily see anyone coming into the space. If you have your back to the door, you may be caught off-guard or be side-swiped by some unexpected event.
  3. Keep your work in your office. To set healthy boundaries, don’t make a habit of bringing your work into other parts of the house. Keep the door to your office closed when you’re not working and set business hours. Although you may love what you do, a balanced life is a more wholesome one.

Following these few ideas will help you on your path to being productive. If the office looks and feels professional, prosperous and productive, the business will align with that as well.

Desk-ology: Feng Shui for Your Desk

ID-100202415By Lisa Janusz

One of the most important pieces of furniture in your office – work or home – is your desk. This single piece of furniture has more impact beyond just being a surface for computers and paper. It can help you reflect your message about your career and your future to clients, bosses and coworkers.

You might be limited in a corporate environment, but the Feng Shui considerations are the same.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when thinking about where you sit to get work done.

  1. Have the right size. Think Goldilocks: not too big, not too small – but just right! It should fit your frame and what you need to do. For example, enough room for a computer, as well as space to place a folder or pad of paper.
  2. Make sure it aligns with your goals. Your desk is a message about your career. It should be solid, sturdy and supportive. Skip the card table. Pick something that reflects you.
  3. Keep it as clear as possible. This is a metaphor about vision and being able to see what’s next. Arriving to a clear desk – full of potential – can give you room to breathe. It can help you feel more inspired and less overwhelmed. Think about putting items in a box at the end of the day so that you can start fresh.
  4. Position it well. The most powerful place for your desk is in the command position – which is the farthest corner of the room, while facing the door. This enables you to “see what’s coming” and welcome opportunities.
  5. Complement it with the right chair. Choosing a high back chair will offer you support, stability and comfort.

As you take a fresh look at your desk; what is the message you are sending? Does it say CEO? And/or does it reflect your aspirations?

Even if a new purchase it not possible right now, do what you can with what you have. Paint it, cover it, style it. You are your own CEO. Now get to work.

P.S. You can read more about your office here.

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Back to School – Feng Shui Style

By Lisa Janusz

School Supplies I remember at the end of summer excitedly checking off my list of school supplies. Yes, the Trapper Keeper with the fun design and a backpack in my favorite color! After all, who knew what adventures the new school year would bring?

Each year brings with it new opportunities and challenges. The subject matter becomes more thought-provoking, interpersonal relationships become more complex and time management becomes a more necessary skill. But with each year, something does not change – that each child needs the loving care of their parents.

From a Feng Shui perspective, you can help them create a supportive environment at home, where they begin and end each day. Here are a few things you can do.

  1. Start in their room by clearing clutter. Every item (toys, furniture, clothes) holds energy. Reduce the “noise” by clearing out clothes that no longer fit, toys that are no longer relevant and furniture that is no longer needed.
  2. Revisit their room décor. Is it age appropriate? Does it meet their needs? (For example, adding a desk for an older child.) Whatever changes do occur, be sure that they have significant input. It’s their world and needs to appeal to them.
  3. Get a system. With all the details of getting out the door, mornings can be hectic. This can be challenging energy to begin the day. Create a place for things to go. Give each child a bin for homework and permission slips, for example. Make sure everyone has their own place for hanging a backpack, coat, corralling shoes and anything else they need to get out the door. Whatever system you design should work for your family. This will enable you all to start the day with a more relaxed, focused energy.
  4. Have a proper place for school work. If it’s in their room: bonus points if you can make it so they can see the door (they can both literally and metaphorically see what’s coming). Too often it’s left to a kitchen table and must be cleared to make way for dinner. This disruption in concentration can linger. Designate a space that is quiet and has enough room to spread out. Also make it a daily habit to clear off that space (put homework in folders, books in backpacks) so that they can have clear vision in the morning and each night as they sit down to work.

There is usually so much enthusiasm at the beginning of the school year that this is a perfect time to create a space that supports their endeavors and is open for growth and possibilities.

Join us for a FREE Teleseminar Wednesday, September 25 at 7 p.m. – Back to School Feng Shui: Tips for a Supportive Space. Register Here


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