Inc.com recently published an article entitled, “Feng Shui Your Desk: A Cheater’s Guide” which got my attention for a whole host of reasons.
While “cheating” isn’t necessary — or even advisable — for good Feng Shui, it’s great to see Feng Shui being featured on a major, mainstream business site.
But I’m thrilled they’re talking about it and even better, overall the article makes some very good points.
Here’s my “real Feng Shui” response to each of the article’s Feng Shui suggestions (which you can read here).
If you want to enhance your work life without cheating, read my top Feng Shui tips for the office here.
The article begins….
“Arrange my desk for better work harmony? What, you mean, bring order to the piles of charging cables, papers, books, and maybe that plate from lunch yesterday?
“I’m no feng shui expert but I recently embarked on a mission to battle my work clutter and be more intentional about what I allow in my work space. Here are six things I’ve done to make sure the clutter doesn’t win this battle–and to see if my productivity improves as a result….”
“1. Get rid of the doo-dads.”
Well, yes. Clearing clutter is the #1 step to good Feng Shui, and desktop clutter is no exception.
Whatever you’re not using every day should go into a drawer or cabinet, and it pays to pare down your photos and memorabilia too, to streamline your work flow and create a calmer, less-distracting atmosphere.
“2. Bring in some green.”
Why do plants matter? Because they symbolize growth, wealth and abundance in Feng Shui, the attributes that make any workplace a success.
Choose a small, low-maintenance plant and nourish it just the way you nourish your working life: with steady dedication, plenty of and care.
“3. Use a day sheet pad.”
Strictly speaking this is not a Feng Shui recommendation at all, “cheating” or not. But it’s a great idea for creating a sense of purposefulness and intention about your work.
Knowing your intention is one way that Feng Shui helps you achieve your most important life and business goals. Use your pad to jot down your most important task for the day, plus a few sub-tasks to stay on track and keep your work moving in the right direction.
“4. Prop up your iPad.”
Also not really Feng Shui per se.
That said, a good ergonomic setup helps you accomplish your goals with greater ease and comfort, and without unnecessary physical distractions, which is always a goal of good Feng Shui.
“5. Use a journal.”
Hmmm, this article is hardly about Feng Shui at all, is it?
But again, jotting your thoughts and ideas in a journal is a great way to create good Chi energy for your workflow, plus creativity and productivity for your business. And that’s what Feng Shui is all about.
“6. Add one ornamental object.”
Inspiration, motivation, spiritual uplift: for all these reasons artwork is key to good office Feng Shui.
For example the Water element, which signifies cash flow, communication and career, makes great office artwork: a picture of a river or stream, abstract art with a watery pattern, just for starters. Think about art, photos or other objects you may have that bring water into your workspace: a picture from your last sailing vacation, perhaps?
The self-expression, color and visual interest of an ornamental object enhance your creativity and productivity just as well as any of the other tips in this article. Choose yours with care.
What do you think? How are you creating good Feng Shui on your desk?
(Photo credit: Inc.com)