Tuesday November 29, 2016
Do you want to reduce stress and overwhelm, and improve your focus and goal-getting skills? In today's guest blog post, Roxana Oliver will explain how to use the principles of Feng Shui to create a work environment that supports your peace, concentration, clarity and success.
Feng Shui is probably the best known ancient Chinese philosophical concept that penetrated the Western civilization. It has its roots in Taoism, as it is based on organizing one’s space so as to ensure the free flow of energy (chi) which is considered to be a life force with positive properties.
In layman's terms, it focuses on harmonizing all the space’s elements with one another and with the surrounding environment.
Whether or not you’re interested in the spiritual side of Feng Shui, you can follow its basic rules in order to improve your focus and become more thriving with your coaching business.
Simplicity for a clearer mind
A cluttered workspace decreases your ability to focus and effectively process information, as researchers from the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute have shown. Physical chaos might be sabotaging you on a daily basis without you even knowing it.
The concept of minimalism goes well with the idea of Feng Shui. Throw out or donate everything you don’t use: it’s distracting you from your tasks and the work that needs to be done. Once you declutter your space, you will feel a lot less burdened and more ready to tackle problems. Then you can get to the next step and arrange the elements in the Feng Shui order.
Organizing space strategically
When it comes to organizing your space, there are three things to consider: elements, focus, and flow.
Elements are the real, physical things that are found in your space.
Focus is the focal point of what you want to draw attention to. For example, if it is a retail store or an office, your goal could be to make the customers feel pleasant and subconsciously willing to buy something or hire you for your services.
According to Feng Shui, energy flows more or less freely depending on how you arrange the elements and what you’ve determined as your focus.
If you’re exploring the possibilities of Feng Shui for business growth, your desk position is the most important thing to consider. You should place it on the spot from which you can observe the whole room and see the entrance door clearly. This is considered to be a power position that lets you face visitors directly and dominate the space.
Minding the colors
New studies from the field of color psychology show just how effective the usage of different colors can be. In 2013, Forbes wrote about how you can use the power of colors to design a space that will maximize your potential, and some of the tips actually overlap with the Feng Shui learnings.
Feng Shui adds a spiritual dimension to it by explaining the symbolism of different elements.
Green is associated with the wood element: it has calming properties, induces creativity, and helps in balancing the energy of the room. Terra cotta and brown are considered to be earthly tones, and they provide your office with stability and strength. Orange is linked to fire, and it is also a desirable choice since it is associated with good value and life energy, and it also stimulates creativity.
Inspirational artwork and décor
When it comes to Feng Shui, it’s important to incorporate artwork and other details that inspire you. This way, the levels of your productivity will always be high, you’ll be at the top of your game, and it will be easier to achieve workflow.
Surround yourself with visual boards and pictures or motivational posters that communicate the goal you want to reach. They will serve as a material affirmation of your desired success.
Many renowned businesspeople, entrepreneurs, and celebrities practice Feng Shui: Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Donna Karan, and Oprah Winfrey, to name a few. It became popular during the 1960s, and then it made its way to the Western culture. Even whole buildings and corporate offices were built according to the Feng Shui principles, such as the Coca-Cola headquarters or Wall Street Journal premises.
Your interior affects you more than you probably realize, so give Feng Shui a shot and arrange your space in a way that works for you, not against you.
Do you practice Feng Shui in your workspace? If so, what effects have you noticed?
I look forward to your comments.
About the Author
Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs, and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing by following her on Twitter and Facebook. She is also one of the editors at Higstylife Magazine.