Whether you're an entrepreneur or work for a company, most of us have offices in our homes. Home offices can be a whole room, a desk at the end of the hall, or even sometimes the dining room table. In many cases, I've found that a home office comes with all sorts of challenges. The predicament that I hear most often as an interior architect and feng shui expert is "I can't get anything done! I get too distracted."
Well, there are things we can do to help with that. In feng shui, your home office is an important space as it is a symbol of your career and affects how you succeed in the world. I'm so happy to share a few simple feng shui tips to create the perfect home office and transform how effective you are!
Location, location, location!
It's really quite important to have a spot for your home office away from the bedroom(s) and toward the front of the home. The bedroom area is about rest and relaxation. If you have trouble with focus in your home office, it's best to move the office out of the bedroom and closer to the front door. The rear of the home is more insular and more "yin," quiet and inward, whereas the front of the home is closer to the world and more "yang," outward and active. It's better to be alert and awake when you're working, especially when you have deadlines or need some motivation.
Pro Tip: If you have a small space, you can create a visual divider with a bookshelf, screen, or curtain to separate your work from your sleep space. This will do wonders for your focus and efficiency when you work in your home office.
Dedicate your space
Once you've located your home office, it's important to dedicate the home office space energetically. It's also great to do this on a daily basis, each morning. First you clear the desk physically of any clutter, organize and put away papers. Now don't make this a whole day affair, but when you clear off your desk you are clearing out your mind as well. Second, is space clearing! My favorite methods to clear the space energetically: smudging with palo santo wood or diffusing orange essential oil. Palo santo has a brightness and lightness that I love, while orange is a go-to space clearer in feng shui because of its ability to cheer up and bring life energy to any space. Both are wonderful and gentle enough to utilize on a daily basis.
Pro Tip: Visualize your home office filled with sunlight that is filling every corner and infusing the space with positive and focused energy. Lastly, thank your office for supporting you and giving you a space to focus and create positive energy flow in the world.
The best type of desk for a home office is solid, stable, and large enough for all your work. A solid and stable desk made of wood or metal is ideal. Glass desktops are a big no-no. This can mean that things can fall through and away, such as projects, clients, and most importantly, money! A makeshift desk or a dining room table is not appropriate and can distract you from focus. I suggest you buy the best desk you can afford and fit into your space. If you have a secondhand desk, think a bit on the history of the object. What was the fate and/or success of the previous owner? In feng shui, we call this predecessor qi.
Pro Tip: Objects take in, embody, and influence the energy of the people and spaces around it. For example, rethink purchasing a vintage desk from a failing business. You may take on some energy that you don't want. However if there's a desk that you really love with an unfortunate (or unknown) history, you can have a professional clear the energy for you.
Add some metal element
In Chinese five-element theory, the element of metal relates to precision, efficiency and helps you attract support as well as complete projects, and you can bring it into your home office in a variety of ways.
Pro Tip: The color white is related to metal so you can bring that color in with your furniture or even your desk blotter. Another way to bring in metal is to add more metal objects, such as a metal pencil holder or paperweight.
Activating the completion area
Finally, there's an area of the feng shui bagua map that is related to completing projects! This is perfect when you have trouble focusing and getting things done in your home office. The completion area dovetails into the last tip, because completion is connected to the metal element. On your desk, this area is on the middle right side of the desk. To locate the completion area of the room, you can stand in the doorway looking into the room, and it's the middle of the right wall. The completion area is a great place to activate if there are projects or prospects that need a little help to reach fruition.
Pro Tip: For instance, you can have a list of projects or prospects on a yellow piece of paper in this area of your office, or this area of your desk. Yellow is the color of earth, which produces metal in five-element theory, so this will support the completion of your list! For extra help, you can place some of your metal element objects in that area of your home office or desk.