How To: Feng Shui a Desk


You spend so much time at your desk that it practically takes the place of your apartment. Apply the principles of feng shui to your desk, and those long hours will pay off in increased abundance; positive energy, which results in decreased effort; better communication with coworkers; and more support for your projects. You'll enjoy lower stress and improved health, and you will misplace far fewer critical items. That's a pretty nice ROI for cleaning off your desk.

Location, Location, Location

  • Never turn your back on the approaching enemy -- okay, co-worker. Place your desk so you can see the door of the office and aren't caught by surprise when someone drops in. But don't expose your back entirely to a window, either. If you are fortunate enough to have a window, position the desk so you can easily see the door and the view outside. A solid wall or a bookcase against your back is protective and supportive. If you are stuck in a cubicle, angle your chair so you can see anyone approaching -- or hang a mirror over the desk that reflects who and what is behind you, a crafty feng shui remedy to assist you with meeting challenges and heading off difficulties.

Down With Dirty Desks

  • Nothing is creative about a desk piled so high with papers, in-baskets, out-baskets, old cardboard coffee cups, yesterday's coffee mug, your sandwich wrapper, a stale emergency power bar, framed photographs of your entire extended family, a pair of neon-orange swim goggles, the rough draft of the annual report, the dusty beta model of your now-released genius gadget, a parking ticket, one glove, a laptop, two monitors, a keyboard killed by coffee, a new keyboard, one working and one not-working mouse, a cellphone minus its charger, a landline, and enough scraps of paper with vital phone numbers on them for a ticker-tape parade. Clear. It. Off. Then keep it clear. Stuck energy is dead, dark, bad energy. It drains your vitality and wrecks your productivity -- the very antithesis of prosperity. Limit items on the desk to the bare essentials: your computer, keyboard, mouse, phone, desk lamp, day book and a live plant or a single decoration, such as one very important photograph, and let the positive chi flow.

Bagua Best Placement

  • The bagua is a feng shui map used to determine power areas in a house, office or room. Lay it over your desk to guide your placement of the few articles that live on the desk surface. As you face the desk, the upper left section controls wealth -- a good location for a live plant or a crystal paperweight. The upper right corner governs love and relationships; a photograph is appropriate. The right corner closest to you signifies helpful people, so put your phone there. The power trio in the center of the desk starts with career, closest to you; well-being, in the middle; and fame and reputation. Stack the trio with your keyboard, your monitor with a programmed reminder to take timed stretch breaks, and a desk lamp with a red shade -- red stands for prosperity and success.

Functional Desk Feng Shui

  • Feng shui reduces stress, so don't get all OCD about it. Focus on keeping key items in strong bagua areas and adapt your desk feng shui to your specific work, tools and personal style. Maybe you need a doodle pad and pencil by the phone. Your work might call for two monitors, so set the screen saver on the computer in the wealth corner to display an image -- an Italian sports car -- that says prosperity to you. Use your charming toddler's or one-true-love's mug shot on the monitor in the relationship area. Dump the junk from the desk drawers to keep energy flowing -- and make it easier to find things. Add a supportive rolling chair so you can move freely as you work. Sort self-generating stuff, toss trash and straighten your desk each night to face a workspace cleared for favorable possibilities every morning.

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