A work day spent in a cubicle can be chaotic and frustrating. It can not only make you feel miserable, but it can also make it harder for you to reach your full potential. One simple way to help is to apply Feng Shui principles to your cubicle décor.
Feng Shui is the science of learning to balance the energies – in this case of your cubicle – to help encourage health and prosperity. While the space provided in a cubicle does present some challenges when trying to apply Feng Shui principles, there are some quick and easy tips that you can use to change the energy in your work space.
Most of the time that you spend in your cubicle will more than likely be spent behind the desk. That is the reason that how you arrange your desk is so important. The following four tips will help any office dweller properly arrange their work area.
• Ideally, when you are seated at your desk you should be able to see the entrance to your cubicle. Because many styles of cubicle furniture cannot be moved, another option is to hang a mirror so that you will have a view of the cubicle entrance.
• No clutter should be present on your desk. When a piece of paper comes your way either file it, put it in a pending or to-do folder, or throw it away. Do not allow items to accumulate on your desk.
• Limit the number of items that you leave on your desk. The goal is to have not more than nine items on your desk. This could include your phone, monitor, mouse, desk lamp, keyboard, photos (in frames), calendar and plants. Of course, you can choose the items; just try to keep it to no more than nine.
• If you have a choice, select a desk with rounded corners rather than sharp edges. Also, a desk made of wood is preferable to those made from other materials.
Many Feng Shui experts agree that one of the major problems with cubicle décor is that it leans toward the industrial without many touches of life. You can easily achieve balance in this area by simply adding some plants to your cubicle décor. If live plants are not allowed, you can hang framed photographs of plants around your cubicle.
The lighting in most cubicles, and in most offices in general, is harsh and unnatural. If your space is not well-lit, this can cause distracting shadows that will add to the overall feeling of clutter in your work space. To overcome this, use task lighting. Place a desk lamp on your desk. If you have a credenza or other work area, place a desk lamp there as well.
Place a water fountain in your cubicle to encourage the flow of prosperity. If a water fountain is not allowed, consider adding a photograph of one.
No matter how hard your work to achieve balance in your work space, if there is dirt and clutter you will not have good Feng Shui. If your office has a good cleaning service then they will do some of the work for you, but you still must take care to clean under and behind your monitor and in other hidden spots. Follow these simple suggestions to improve the Feng Shui in your cubicle, and you will notice that you immediately feel better and are more productive in the work place.
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