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Increase Productivity With Feng Shui

Expert Advice for Optimizing Your Home Office

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There has been a significant rise in office workers adapting to flexible work arrangements over the past few years — from fully remote to a hybrid work set-up. This emphasizes the need for cultivating dedicated work environments at home that optimize productivity and comfort for a better work-life balance.

Office furniture expert, Tyler Austin, Product and Business Development Manager at BuyDirectOnline, partnered with Feng Shui expert Inbaal Honigman to share valuable insights on ways to optimize at-home workspaces to boost daily productivity and break negative work habits.

Feng Shui Tips to Optimize Your Work Environment

Face Your Workspace East

“Whether it’s a separate home office or an allocated part of a room, having a dedicated workspace in your home is essential for productivity, as it creates the best energy flow,” says Inbaal. Additionally, facing your work area east invokes good feng shui, with luck and prosperity residing towards this direction.

Inbaal also suggests facing your desk or workstation at an angle towards the door, but not directly in front. This direction is known as the command position, and it gives the person and the desk a position of power — beneficial for business interactions.

Stay Out of the Corner

Facing the corner of the room disrupts the flow of energy, as pooling your chi into an angle means it can’t flow smoothly around a corner.

Don’t Work Where You Sleep

Many of us are certainly guilty of this habit, but Inbaal suggests avoiding balancing a laptop on the bed in place of a workstation, as this is not ideal for productivity and even worse for sleep. Electronics in the bedroom create disruptive energy, making it difficult to wind down at bedtime.

The bedroom is a space for rest, therefore setting up your workspace here can result in a slow, lethargic work pace. Work areas benefit from a dynamic, creative and focused atmosphere and this is incompatible with the natural energy of a bedroom which is more for relaxing.

Furthermore, Tyler expresses the importance of having adequate support when working for longer periods. For example, opting for ergonomic furniture can promote better posture and comfort.

Embrace Colors for Motivation and Success

Fiery colors, like bright reds and oranges, encourage productivity. These dynamic colors invoke passion and success, and adding red accents in the room can help with staying motivated and meeting deadlines. Orange is a color for creativity, so opting for furnishings like a desk or chair in this shade can improve your creative output.

Airy colors, on the other hand, can improve mental clarity, ideal for individuals with jobs that involve writing or communication. For those who work in creative sectors or problem-solving, painting your walls green or hanging blue window coverings can encourage ideation.

Avoid Mirrors and Cacti

Mirrors are a great help in feng shui, as these can direct the energy in the right direction. However, they can also redirect the energy in an undesirable direction if they’re not placed intentionally. Avoid mirrored desk items like picture frames or mirror-ball pen toppers.

According to Inbaal, desk plants are also a great addition to the workspace, especially when placed in the “wealth corner” on the far left area of the desk. Opt for lucky bamboo which brings prosperity, and steer away from a cactus, as this can disrupt the flow of chi.

Keep it Tidy

Keeping your work area free of obstructions is beneficial for maintaining efficiency. Try to implement positive cleaning habits such as creating a “touch once” strategy. For example, when a bill comes in, pay it and shred it. Trash anything broken or discarded like pen lids, crushed memory sticks, or snack wrappers, and avoid keeping piles of untended papers.

Tyler suggests having a designated organizer or storage to keep items on your desk neat and in place. Desk organizers are useful for ensuring that important items like documents and gadgets are within reach as and when needed, saving time and keeping things more efficient.

Inbaal further explains: “An organized workstation is a great start for productivity, but for the effective flow of energy, it’s best if your whole environment is optimized. Work on improving your general outlook and approach to working at home. Don’t just roll out of bed and plonk into your workstation. Leave enough time to wake up gently, inhale and exhale deeply, shower and get dressed as if you are going into an office. Before you settle down, tidy around the space, open a window to let in some fresh air, and take a moment to balance your thoughts.”

Tyler concludes: “The work-from-home environment and atmosphere differ immensely from that of a traditional office space, which makes it even more important to consider how you utilize your workspace. Having the right equipment and furniture that can provide the support needed on a day-to-day basis is so beneficial, especially for individuals who spend prolonged periods sitting or working away at desks.”

What does your workspace look like? Tag us @mollymymag to share!