Whether or not you believe in feng shui, when surveying the top bestselling self-help books, it’s no doubt that the recurring theme centers around energy. The Law of Attraction, Think and Grow Rich and The Secret are amongst the most popular examples articulating the theme of “like attracts like” and promoting the principle that results are causative due to vibrations of energy.
Feng shui practitioners believe that the placement of objects in a room or space will affect the flow of energy (chi), which essentially determines the life force within that space. It’s like decorating with a purpose!
By harmonizing the energy around you, you can promote chi, allowing you to achieve balance and yield favorable effects in your life.
What I discovered in assessing my work space– from the large pile of unopened junk mail, never-ending paper stack stash, old coffee cups and food wrappers, was that these items were profoundly impacting my ability to concentrate.
As the saying goes “out with the old and in with the new”- the clutter was accumulating stale energy and causing stagnation. Disorganization can weaken your focus, scatter your mind and fuel anxiety, leaving you feeling stressed for reasons that can be hard to pinpoint.
Some basic ideas of feng shui are to de-clutter to allow room for new fresh energy so that you can have circulated chi to think clearly and act productively. Through collective research and courtesy of Greatist.com, here is Vanity & Trade’s crash course on How to Feng Shui your Desk Space.
Let’s begin: Imagine your desk as a nine-part grid with each section representing an area in your life.
1. Wealth & Prosperity: The back left corner of the desk represents prosperity. Target this space to attract money and abundance. This is a good spot for your computer.
2. Fame & Reputation: In the center back of the grid map, you’ll find this space for fame. Place business cards or a nameplate here. It is also recommended as a place for motivational images that highlight who you are and your accomplishments.
3. Love & Relationships: For love, 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.
4. Family: According to feng shui principles, a family photo fits well on the left center of the desk. A wood frame enhances the energy of this particular space.
5. Health: Keeping the center area of the desktop free of clutter attracts good energy. Also be sure to take short breaks throughout the day to reduce stress and maintain focus.
6. Creativity: Boost your creativity by adding inspiration to the right center of the grid. This is a great place for a journal or book. A blank sketchbook would be ideal for artists, while a metal object may work well for others. But really, anything goes—just get creative!
7. Knowledge & Wisdom: Want to be wise beyond your years? Focus on the front left corner of the desk. This is a great spot for reference books.
8. Career: Front and center is the career space. Keep this spot free of clutter. It is also suggested that you may display affirmations or motivational quotes on a post-it for this area.
9. Helpful People & Travel: This is a good spot to put your phone to access your friends and contacts. It also represents travel, so a travel guide or a photo of a dream vacation destination would work well here.