Cut the Clutter
There are a number of ways to increase your productivity using Feng Shui. Feng Shui is all about energy and making sure there is a smooth path for chi or energy to flow in your spaces. Clutter stops energy flow, and brings down your energy levels. This can cause you to feel depression, as well as, to not be productive. When you are working from home you are less concerned about this sort of thing, after all it is your home, you don’t have to worry about the boss walking in or your co-workers commenting on the state of your cubicle or office. However, it is in your best interests to keep the clutter to a minimum. That means clearing unnecessary items from your desk and putting them away, as well as picking up your office, emptying that overflowing trash can, and finding shelves for your excess reference books which are in piles around your home office. This is just one way to increase your productivity using Feng Shui, not to mention making it easier to think clearly.
A second way to increase your productivity using Feng Shui is to reposition your desk if necessary. Your desk is one of the most important pieces of furniture in your home office, and believe it or not where it is placed matters. You don’t want your desk to be in direct line with the door to your home office. If someone could stand in the doorway and shoot an arrow and it would hit your chair, then your desk is in the wrong place. Energy flows through doorways, and constantly being bombarded with it is distracting, and draining. So, make sure your desk is not in the line of energy coming through your home office door.
What is Behind You
A third way to increase your productivity using Feng Shui is to pay attention to what is behind you. You do not want the door at your back for the same reason that you don’t want your desk directly in front of the door. Energy constantly flowing and hitting you in the back is just as distracting and draining as having your desk in the line of energy fire. Also, having the door at your back fosters a feeling of being watched, and a fear of others coming up behind you without your knowledge. Both of these things do nothing to increase productivity and in fact decrease it because you are expending energy wondering if someone is watching or is going to sneak up on you. Instead have a wall at your back which fosters a feeling of being supported. You can also hang a picture of mountains which will increase this feeling exponentially.
Other Things You Can Add
In addition to the above tips, you can also activate positive chi by adding items to your home office to give it a relaxing and balanced atmosphere. Pick up a few plants and put them in a sunny corner, don’t forget to water them according to their instructions for care. Dead and or dying plants will affect the chi negatively. Plants give off extra oxygen and add to the feeling of security. Put a set of wind chimes outside your office window. Their bell like sounds are calming, and bring up your mood. You can also add images of nature to your home office, these will engender serene feelings which in turn will increase your productivity.
As you can see there are a number of ways to increase your productivity using Feng Shui if you work from home. It is also a good idea to go through you home and apply these principles throughout it. Doing so can only affect the chi or energy in your home in a positive way.