Feng Shui Your Desk for Success

Many times we find ourselves in a rut at work. Our desk becomes a cluttered mess that could not possibly foster productivity, let alone, creativity. It can seem overwhelming to tackle. If this describes how you feel, let Feng Shui swoop in and save the day.

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

Achieve proper Feng Shui by following the placement of items on a clean, clutter-free workspace. Imagine you are 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 that 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 that often represents your productivity. It reminds you what you have to get done, but 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 right 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 – Interested in increasing your opportunity, prosperity, and self-esteem? Then, take a closer look at what you place in the far left of your desktop. Putting something that is abundant and living or flows 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 flow of productivity flowing.

Fame – Placing items that celebrate your accomplishments claim the far center of your desk. Perhaps this is 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. 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 in the right center of your desk within reach, but slightly off to the side.

Staying Grounded – To keep yourself connected to nature while indoors all day, gather some reminders of the outdoors. Stones or shells placed on your desk will be reminiscent of staying grounded and healthy.

Color, Form and Function

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

Even the desk color or material itself 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. If you want to bolster your energy go for a hot, red desk.

Increasing wealth, being productivity, having 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 that are 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.

Feature Image Credit: Kate Smith

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  • 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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