The global pandemic has meant that many more people are needing to work from home. In many cases, a temporary office space was created. However, as the pandemic has continued and questions are raised regarding how employment will work in the future, many of these offices are likely to become permanent features.
Whether you have a temporary home office or a permanent one, you owe it to yourself to make it a pleasant environment, this will facilitate productivity and happiness in your work.
What Is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is actually an ancient Asian practice where the pieces in your living or workspace are arranged to create balance. The aim is to create harmony between you and your environment. There are several basic elements that you need to be aware of when undertaking Feng Shui. But, the most important is the commanding Position. This is where you are furthest from the door and not in a direct line with it, but have a good line of sight.
It’s the spot in a room where you will want to spend most of your time and is the perfect location for your office desk.
Feng Shui focuses on being at one with the elements, specifically earth, wind, air, fire, and water. That means you need to choose a desk that is in keeping with nature. Wooden desks are the best choice. They should be in good condition with no wobbles. Sturdiness is very important.
To embrace Feng Shui in your home office you need to have plants. These are your connection to nature. They also help to purify the air and de-stress you. This encourages focus on your work and a balanced attitude to life.
There are plenty of house plants to choose from but the Aspidistra is an exceptionally good choice. It originates from China and Vietnam, has stunning green leaves that start at ground level, and flowers annually. They are also very easy to look after making them a practical way of bringing nature into your home office.
Choose Colors Wisely
You can paint your home office any color you like. However, if you want to adopt the Feng Shui approach you’ll need to go with earthy colors. Your choice of colors will also depend on what job you do. Whites and pastels are known to stimulate creativity while black is linked to money, purple gives clarity, and green suggests growth.
Earthy colors simply de-stress you, making them the best choice for most offices with a splash of the relevant color to promote clarity or creativity.
Light It Up
Finally, you need to make sure you have adequate lighting. Fluorescent bulbs are believed to sap your energy and should be avoided. Other than this you simply need to ensure there is always plenty of light to make you feel energetic and positive. That means using overhead lights and desk lamps to get the best possible effect.
When you’ve created a Feng Shui home office you’ll find you feel happier, are less stressed, and more productive.