The office cubicle is a mind-numbing concept: no natural light, no real walls, no real defined space, noise flying everywhere…!!! I am not sure how anyone could think this leads to greater productivity? I was so excited today to see a newsletter from Carol Olmstead in my inbox, with an article full of tips on Office Cubicle Feng Shui…!
Feng Shui For Your Cubicle by Carol M. Olmstead, Feng Shui For Real Life
If you’re a recent grad about to start your career in a cubicle, or if you’re already spending a large part of your professional life sitting in “cube,” a few simple Feng Shui changes can help you maximize the potential of your small space, create harmony around you, and help advance your career. One of the Feng Shui concerns about cubicles is that they isolate without giving privacy, so the more you can personalize your space the more secure you will feel, and that will help your career flourish. Here are practical tips to help bring the power of Feng Shui into your cubicle.
- Position your desk so you can see the entrance to your cubicle when you are facing your computer monitor. This is considered the “power position” in Feng Shui. If you can’t move your desk, place a mirror or small reflective object near your monitor so you can look up and see what is going on behind you, and symbolically you won’t be “caught off-guard” by your competitors or colleagues.
- Add a living plant to your space. Since many cubicle-dwellers can’t see a window while they are working, it’s important to add at least one living plant to your cubicle to connect you with the natural, living world outside. Place the plant at least 3 feet from your computer to correct any negative electromagnetic energy it generates. If possible, place a plant on the floor on both sides of your doorway to form a threshold and usher the positive chi into your space. Plants that work well in an office include peace lily, philodendron, and lucky bamboo.
- Clear the clutter from your desk and only keep current projects on your desk. In Feng Shui, clutter represents postponed decisions and the inability to move forward, so when you are surrounded by clutter in an office it’s hard to advance your career. Perhaps you can move some of your files to the company’s supply or file room instead of keeping everything in your small space.
- Add artwork to you space that shows landscapes, flowers, and outdoor scenes. If you can, hang an image of a mountain behind you for support and an image of moving water or a gentle waterfall in front of you to represent the flow of success into your career. Just be sure that the water is flowing into your office, not out of it.
- Play soft music in your cubicle, especially if you work in a noisy office. If it’s not possible to bring in a CD player, radio, or use an iPod, listen to Pandora or similar streaming service on your computer, or consider adding a “white noise” machine or a small fountain with a soothing sound so you can tune out what is going on around you.
- Sit on the best chair you can find, and be sure to clean it frequently since a dirty chair represents disregard for your career. If you desk chair is ripped or stained, replace it as soon as you can.
AWESOME STUFF! xoxo Dana