I love the entrepreneurial spirit. It’s persistent, hungry and will do anything to get the job done. That enthusiasm is what my friend calls Chutzpah. It takes shear guts and perseverance to go it alone. To believe so much in what you do, you’re willing to leave behind the security of something stable and take the leap. Hoo-Wha!
Yes, I do adore the entrepreneurial spirit. Unfortunately, not all entrepreneurs are treated the same. All the perseverance in the world will not over come a bad office layout. Did you know that over time a poor layout can deplete you? Yep. An inauspicious space will show up as fatigue, headaches, feeling anxious, unable to think clearly, overwhelm, and can lead to missed opportunities. There are some layouts that even lead to deceit, things going on behind your back and even a scoundrel!
I think it’s safe to say this all sounds very dramatic. Right? No matter your thoughts on this point I have seen it time and time again. And the question bears asking, does it really matter how you achieve what you want, as long as you get the results you want?
Nope. If you’re like me, the headaches alone will make you try anything!
How to feng shui your office
So let’s talk optimal office layouts and what you should avoid. I think it is also important to take a close look at what you are experiencing. I literally had a client say to me, “things keep going on behind my back.” So pay attention to the events going on in your life, and your language – it holds a world of clues! Plus, don’t forget to feng shui your desk. Once we get the optimal layout, you’ll want your every day prime real estate to sing success!
Things to avoid:
Below are four floor plans that are not ideal for an office. In feng shui we base everything on how energy flows. So imagine the door as a freeway or road. If you opened that door, a rush of energy would swoosh in. Does that make sense? If that rush of energy hits your system, your subconscious picks up on that as danger. This affects you in many ways, whether you notice it or not. And can play a dramatic role on how you earn.
So why is it bad?
As I mentioned above, this is about how the energy hits you. Numbers one and four are certainly the worst case scenarios. All of these positions take you out of command. What does that mean? If you are startled when someone comes in, then your subconscious is on over drive. It’s job is to keep you safe. It operates your fight or flight response, and evolution has not changed. These positions over time can effect your health. There is a sense of danger, and you will experience anxiety, health issues, mood swings and much more.
So what can you do?
The best case scenario is to move your desk and position yourself for safety. This allows you to see everything coming at you!
Many of us work in offices all day. For optimal well-being position yourself for ease and support.This gives you the best outcome for goals, and preserves your good health! Here’s a quick guide for you to print off and keep with you for reference.
Happy feng shui’in. And if you have any questions or comments, leave them below!
Any advice for a room with two entries? I am currently faced with putting my “office” in the laundry/mudroom in the house we just bought. It’s rather large for 1956; 11×12. But is has a tiny powder room, a closet, a washer/dryer until we remodel master, an entrance into the house and another out the back. The desk has to go up against the wall and I don’t like it at all. I have even considered taking the back door out completely!
Go on your initial reaction, its usually the correct one. And be cautious in the removal of a door. That is the removal of a voice
Here’s a challenge room for you: The room is rectangular in shape. At each corner of the room is a entrance. The main entrance (from outside) is in the Southwest corner of the room, with a window facing the street on the South wall and another entrance in the Southeast corner of the room, which opens to the main hall (the main hall has another front door entrance).
The Northwest and Northeast corners each have an entrance from an interior back hallway. And a fireplace lays against the West wall.
My preference is to place my desk facing the fireplace, which puts my back against the East wall and the two main entrances and window to my left, and the entrances from a back hallway to my right. My other option is to place my desk so that it faces the window and the two entrances from the exterior, which places the fireplace on my right and the two entrances from the back hallway to my back. What do you think?
Without an actual floor plan this would be difficult to assess. In addition many other factors play into this.
The entrance to the main building whether that be a home or a corporate building needs to be taken into consideration.
And what is outside? What type of work is being done? What is your personal Chi? If this is something you want to
really get correct I would suggest working with a practitioner in your area or contact my team to set up a virtual ZOOM consultation. I dont practice directional Feng Shui, but the layout may not be tricky at all, perhaps it is. But if it feels unusual to you I would definitely seek professional guidance to delve further. This doesn’t sound like an easy question to answer without a lot more information.
Hello I have a small home office 2.4m x 1.7 the entrance is on one of the 1.7 sides. I’m considering have a corner desk on the right of the doorway and wall to wall, floor to ceiling bookcase with the bottom part housing two filing cabinets on the left, so that the door opens and would go against them when open (I hope this makes sense) this way when working I can see the door opening. Would this work?
Is a corner desk not something that would work in any of the above examples?
If your back is to the door it must be adjusted. Always