Orient Your Desk
If possible, place your desk directly opposite the front door of your office. If you don’t have a private office, try to orient your desk to face the main door. If your boss isn’t willing to accept furniture rearrangement in the name of chi, arranging a small mirror on your desk to reflect the office’s entrance is the next best thing. According to the principles of feng shui, this arrangement offers protection and symbolises you seeing opportunities as they come to you during your career.
Make Room for Creativity
Once you have a full view of any incoming opportunities, it’s time to tackle the desk’s surface. Chances are there’s a bit of clutter. Clear the clutter and organise things in a way that suits your work style and personal preferences. Getting organised can boost productivity while clearing clutter can provide a space that allows creativity to flow.
Desk for Success
Imagine the desktop divided into a nine-part grid, as in the map shown above. Choose several areas of your life that could use a little boost, and use the following tips to attract good energy to those areas. Each section is associated with a colour, and you can use objects of that colour if you have them. Just don’t go overboard—remember, clutter blocks creativity, so at least 50 percent of the desktop should be clear at all times. Don’t focus on all nine sections; instead, select two to three priorities.
- Wealth and Prosperity The back left corner of the desk represents prosperity. Target this space to attract money and abundance. It’s a great place for a plant, but if your green thumb is more on the brown side, consider placing a valuable item (such as a crystal vase or jar of change) in this corner. This could also be a good spot for a (well-functioning) computer.
- Fame and Reputation In the centre back of the map, you’ll find the space for fame. Place business cards or a nameplate here.
- Love and Relationships To find a little love today (or in the future), focus on the back right corner. Single? A fresh flower, which can bring luck and maybe even spark romance, goes here. Already have a special someone? Place a photo of the two of you here.
- Family Although it’s a cliché desktop feature, a family photo, according to feng shui principles, fits well on the left centre of the desk. A wood frame enhances the energy of this particular space.
- Health Although sitting at a desk doesn’t do much for your health, there are a few ways to promote health even while working. Keep the centre area of the desktop free of clutter to attract good energy to the area. In addition, taking short breaks throughout the day to reduce stress and maintain focus.
- Creativity Boost creativity by adding inspiration to the right centre of the grid. Aspiring writers, place a journal or book here. A blank sketchbook would be ideal for artists, while a metal object may work well for others. But really, anything goes—just get creative!
- Knowledge and Wisdom Struggling to learn new material, or just want to be wise beyond your years? Focus on the front left corner of the desk. Place a reference book (or maybe a picture of Albert Einstein) here.
- Career Front and centre are the career space —definitely appropriate for a desk. Keep this spot free of clutter. Displaying affirmations or motivational quotes around the office; this would be a great place to stick one of those.
- Helpful People and Travel If you’re in need of a little help from your friends focus on the front right section. This is a good spot to put a phone or an address book (do people use those anymore?). This area also represents travel, so a travel guide or a photo of a dream vacation locale would work well here.