I recently wrote about what things you need to consider before you begin to design your home office here, here, and here. (All of these things can be applied to your office at work as well.) I have one more consideration for you now that you are ready to begin designing your office space. It has to do with space planning, or where you will put your desk.
In Feng Shui, the placement of your work desk is critical to the success of your business or career. The placement even has a name – The Command Position. Sounds great, right? These tips are also helpful if you just want to know the most comfortable position in which to place your desk.
Why the Command Position is important:
- You benefit from the energy, or Chi, that moves through the space,
- This power position harmonizes and focuses the energy of your office space,
- It enhances your sense of protection and safety,
- Provides a sense of power and abundance,
- You are in visual command and control of your space, and
- It allows you to face life directly, both literally and figuratively.
Place your desk as far from the door as possible with your back against a solid wall, but not in line with the door itself or with your back to a window.
Sounds simple, huh?
That all depends on the architecture of your room.
What happens if I have my back to the door?
Life can sneak up on you in negative ways. You may find that you aren’t facing important issues directly and you are always dealing with unexpected events. If you can’t move your desk, fix it by hanging a large enough mirror that you can see the door in it while you are sitting at your desk.
What if I have my desk in a straight line with the door?
The Chi entering the room is coming straight at you without having a chance to slow down. This causes stress, irritability, overwhelm, and health problems. The energy is too strong. You can fix it by hanging a faceted, crystal sphere halfway between your desk and the door.
What is so bad about facing the wall while I’m at my desk?
Your creativity and thoughts will be blocked and you will find that it is hard to get any work done. If you find that you work better elsewhere in the room, or in another room, this may be why. Take a second and evaluate how often you work somewhere else. Then move your desk.
But I like to look out the window while I work.
Do you find yourself day-dreaming a lot? If your desk faces the window, your thoughts and business Chi float right out and off into the distance. Do you forget what you were about to do often? The view is also distracting and it causes you to miss important business opportunities. Also, your computer monitor is back-lit by the window and this causes eye strain.
Why have a solid wall behind me while I work?
This is similar to building a fort in front of a mountain for protection.
Not only is the placement of your desk important, but the desk itself should be a substantial business-style desk to enhance your feeling of power and authority. Your chair should have a high back for protection and strength. The door to your office should close and lock. And the more space there is between you and the door, the more territory you command.
In everything there should be balance. Don’t over-do it because real power requires balance. You want to be in command of your business and life, not dominate others.
Your soul has a color. Let’s find out what it is….
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