Feng Shui Your Desk for Success

Many times, we find ourselves in a rut at work. Our desks become cluttered messes that cannot foster productivity, let alone creativity. It can seem overwhelming to tackle. Let Feng Shui swoop in and save the day if this describes how you feel.

You may have heard of Feng Shui design and its ability to produce soothing, calming, or energizing spaces throughout your home. But you may not know about Feng Shui’s fantastic ability to change your productivity and prosperity at work.

Using a unique blueprint called a Bagua Map, you can follow some basic rules for adding Feng Shui to your desktop and attain your desired goals.

Achieve proper Feng Shui by following the placement of items in a clean, clutter-free workspace. Imagine sitting at the base of the Bagua Map as you familiarize yourself with the sections. Placement of your desktop items that correlate to the energy on the map will give you the best opportunity to reach that goal.

Position, Placement and Meaning

There are no hard and fast rules for the items you place in your Bagua Map sections on your desk. Here are some suggestions you could incorporate into your workspace based on the energies you want to accept into your career and life.

Career Life—Often front and center is your computer, laptop, or a neat pile of paperwork. Your actual to-do list often represents your productivity. It reminds you what you have to get done, but it is just the starting point of your desk. Keep this area neat and ready to get to work.

Relationships--Looking to enjoy your work more or improve your relationships with coworkers? The Bagua Map points to the far correct desk position for marriage, relationships, and partners. Placing a family photo, a favorite trinket, or two of something (a couple) that makes you smile in this area of your desk will bring better interactions and productive relationships into your life.

Wealth—Are you Interested in increasing your opportunity, prosperity, and self-esteem? Then, take a closer look at what you place on the far left of your desktop. Adding something abundant and living or flowing fresh energy is a beautiful reminder to keep growing in your career. Potted plants, a small water fountain, or even a lava lamp work great at keeping that productivity flowing.

Fame—In the far center of your desk, place items such as an award you received, a precious gift from a former appreciative client, or even a tiny Buddha that reminds you to be proud of yourself and celebrates your accomplishments. Whatever you place here should make you feel exceptional and distinguished.

Creativity--All work and no play can stifle energy and creativity. Having little trinkets, colored pencils, or even a simple slinky can remind you to take a moment not to be so serious and enjoy life. Place these toys within reach in the right center of your desk but slightly off to the side.

Staying Grounded—To stay connected to nature while indoors all day, gather some reminders of the outdoors. Stones or shells on your desk will remind you to stay grounded and healthy.

Color, Form and Function

While placing your items on the desktop is a crucial element of Feng Shui, you can use the Bagua Map sections to incorporate its corresponding color. For relationships, you could choose a pink photo frame of your loved one on the far right; for wealth and prosperity, you can place a purple orchid on the left.

Even the desk color or material can help with productivity and proper flow. Deep, dark woods can remind you to stay connected to the outdoors and nature even while working inside. Wood is also an element of wealth and prosperity. A blue or black desktop is also a great choice, as these colors are reminiscent of water and flow. Need more clarity? Add silver metals to your office space to increase precision. To bolster your energy, go for a hot, red desk.

Increasing wealth, productivity, great relationships, or anything else you desire in life is attainable whether or not you know or follow the principles of Feng Shui. However, thinking about the placement of items around you every day and the colors that surround you can help keep those priorities top of mind. The more you stay aware of the things that are important to you today and your dreams for the future, the more likely you are to achieve them.

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Kate Smith
Kate Smith is an optimistic, expressive, artist, designer, writer and color fanatic. With her warm and witty style, Kate teaches you to clearly see, understand and be inspired by color. Then she guides you step-by-step to develop your own unique color sense-ability and achieve results you never dreamed possible.
  • Thank you for your good article, it is very important to be in command of the table to have complete control over the environment and the environment feeds our sense of support.

  • Rosalee says:

    Kate, I love this and I love you! What an inspiration you are. Thank you! Call me the next time you’re in Richmond and let’s meet up again. Happy Valentine’s Day.

    • Kate Smith says:

      Aw thanks, Rosalee. I have been thinking of you and will be sure to let you know when I’m in your area. I would love to get together with you again.

  • Jan Lehman says:

    This is a fascinating article, Kate. I am shopping for a new stand up desk of some kind to add to my counter-height desk, so my office will need a reorganization. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

    • Kate Smith says:

      Let me know how it goes both with the new desk and your desktop arrangement.

  • Kate, now you are talking about Feng Shui more! Love it!

    • Kate Smith says:

      Your interest in Feng Shui, positive energy and upbeat attitude inspired me, Nobuyo!

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