By Amy Collett
With remote working becoming the norm, having a dedicated home office has become of utmost importance. A home office provides you a space dedicated to work, free from distractions, which helps to increase productivity and performance. If you are in the process of upgrading your home office, remember to follow the Feng Shui principles. Feng shui is an ancient practice through which one can establish harmony between themselves and their environment. It is achieved through arranging objects in a specified manner depending on the individual and space. This article by DND Feng Shui will take you through some basic Feng Shui practices perfect for your home office.
The positioning of your desk is one of the most crucial elements for your office. Your desk should always be placed in front of a wall, opposite the office entrance. This allows you to sit facing the door, which is where opportunities enter through. If you have a large office, it’s ideal to place the desk centrally, allowing you to work from a commanding position. Avoid placing your desk in front of a window.
As you are upgrading your office, seek to buy a new desk that can double up as a standing desk. According to JustStand, being sedentary for long periods can cause back and neck pain in addition to other health issues. While standing and working is no substitute to exercise, it helps burn calories in addition to making you feel alert and concentrate better.
A cluttered desk represents a cluttered mind which leads to stress and low productivity. While working, keep your desk organized and place files and documentation only of current projects on it. If you lack proper storage in your office, it’s time to invest in drawers and cupboards where you can neatly store your documents. In addition to buying furniture, an effective way to reduce clutter is by going digital. Make it a habit to scan important documents and upload them to the cloud. Similarly, advise clients and colleagues to send you documents digitally.
Before moving your new desk into the office, remove all contents from the old one and discard all non-essential items. These can include take-out menus, pamphlets, old notes, newspapers, magazines, etc. Purging your office of all excess is a good way to create a clean work environment.
Plants have always been an important element in creating Feng Shui. Plants play a key role in absorbing negative energy and creating a positive environment. Here are some important locations in your office where you should place plants:
● Entrance: Your entrance is one of the crucial spots in your office. It’s from where opportunities for your business will enter in the form of guests and clients. Positioning your plant at the entrance will set a positive tone for your interaction and create a good atmosphere.
● Dead Spaces: Areas of your office which have sloped cleanings or sharp corners enhance negative energy, hence it’s important to place plants here to counter it.
Additionally, depending on the type of plant, it’ll help to channel energy for the following:
● Wealth: Crassula ovata, Money plant
● Prosperity: Dwarf Umbrella Tree, Pachira aquatic
● Peace: Spathiphyllum, Peace Lily
● Luck: Bamboo, Tulsi
To cover the cost of upgrading your home office, consider applying for a cash-out refinance. As reported by PennyMac, a cash-out refinance replaces your current mortgage with a new loan of a higher amount. With the new loan, you will enjoy lower interest rates and longer repayment timelines. What's more? The difference between the total of your new and old loan will be paid to you in cash which you can use to cover expenses beyond that of your home office. Before applying for a refinance, be sure to compare cash-out refinance rates to make an informed decision.
By implementing the above-mentioned steps, you will be able to bring Feng Shui to your home office, creating the perfect place for you to work and prosper.