Does your work space support you? You may have never asked yourself that question, but you should. It should support you energetically. Are the colors on the walls conducive to productivity? Is the entrance clutter-free and welcoming? Does it reflect a serene atmosphere? Whether you work in the corner treatment room of a large spa, or the corner of a rented space, your workspace should provide supportive energy for focus, productivity and income generation.
It used to be that a work space only needed a few simple basics. With all of the high-tech requirements, the more subtle, but equally supportive energy requirements are often overlooked. These provide a balanced atmosphere, allowing you to stay focused, productive and in control of your time. A success-oriented work space contains a balanced amount of both worlds. Integrating some basic feng shui principles and personal design preferences with your high-tech requirements will create a work space that is less stressful and more efficient, which yields more profitability and personal satisfaction.
Energize your space
Before you can invigorate your space for success, it is imperative that you first unclutter it. If you energize certain areas of your area and there is clutter in the way, you will energize the clutter first and create even more clutter. Organize it, file it or get rid of it. Then you are ready to move on.
Following are seven feng shui principles you can apply today to create a balanced work space.
Energize the entrance to your work space. Eliminate any clutter, have it well-lit, remove wastebaskets from the area and make sure the door can swing open. This is not only the entrance to your productivity, but also the entrance to new clients, new business and more profitability. The front entrance and its welcoming statement affect the success of your entire business.
Make sure the entrance is also welcoming. You can do this by making sure plants are pruned and there are colorful flowers to greet clients. Positive energy needs to enter in order to provide your work space with growth and prosperity.
Paint your walls colors that provide supportive energy for the work being done.
Treatment rooms or medical/dental offices. Walls should be light shades of blue or green; these are very calming colors. Because clients may be uncomfortable and nervous upon arrival, the best energy for them is calming energy. Sales, marketing and professional offices. Walls should be a soft terra-cotta or earth tones, which are conducive to building good relationships with clients. Avoid the hard, stress-oriented energy created by white walls; the stress created by the hard, white energy can easily pass on to clients, resulting in no sales or unsatisfied customers. High-tech, electronic, multi-tasking offices. These areas can be balanced with soft green on the walls and wood furniture. Avoid white here, as well.
Use art and wall décor to further enhance the purpose of the work space. Use motivational art and posters that energize—pieces that depict success, teamwork and winning attitudes are great. Frame them in silver or gold, and hang them on west and northwest walls. Family pictures in any space can be very distracting, so limit them to either a small grouping or a collage in one frame. Place them in the southwest area of your room to energize relationships, both work and personal.
Add plants. In the east and southeast areas of your office, energize both new business and wealth-generation by adding plants that reach upward, such as bamboo. If you do not have a green thumb, use great-looking silk plants or trees. You can also hang pictures of magnificent redwood trees or sequoias to give additional energy to income-generation.
Add artwork featuring water. Do this on the north wall to energize your career and provide a gentle flowing movement throughout. Be sure the water in the picture has movement to it, such as a flowing river instead of tumultuous waves crashing on the shore or stagnant water with no movement. A small tabletop water fountain with a gentle bubbling sound also works well. Make sure if you use the fountain to run it every day and keep it filled with fresh water.
By balancing your work space for supportive energy and aligning your personal design tastes with the type of work you do, you have the formula for improved focus, productivity and more success. Creating balance eliminates many of the energy-drainers in your workplace and reduces stress. Ideally, your work space should support you, your goals and objectives, as well as what you need to accomplish on any given day. A balanced and properly energized space leads to a calmer, in-control, more successful you.