Now that you have mastered the task of cutting out distractions and have your day planned with intention, it’s time to get down to work. Setting up your home office – the design of your home office – is just as important in being productive.
According to Peter Walsh, if you think of sitting at your desk like you think of sitting in your car, everything should be an arm-length reach away (for things you use daily).
In a car: reach left to turn on your signal light.
In your office: reach left to grab a pen or pencil.
In a car: reach up to adjust the rear view mirror
In your office: reach up to grab the right client file folder
In your car: reach far over to the right to get to the glove compartment for the car manual
In your office: reach over to the right to access your files.
Get the point? But having you at the driver’s seat is not the only important aspect of designing your office for success. Ensuring your office allows you to work and thrive is also important. According to Gaiam Life, there are certain elements you should consider in your home office:
1. Separate your workspace from the other energies in your home – especially the bedroom. The best place is to have your home office in a room with a high ceiling (this will stimulate growth and productivity in your business). If you don’t have a separate space in your home for a home office, you can create the ‘feeling’ of a space by simply using a room divider.
2. Choice of desk can help with keeping your career on the right track. Rectangle or curved wooden desks are the best. Glass-top desks can cause money to fall through.
3. Where you place your desk is also an important key in Feng Shui. Place your desk as far from the door as possible (and never place it so that your back is facing the door).
4. When you have a cluttered desk, you block the flow of energy. To ensure this does not build up, make time every day to maintain an organized space.
5. Colour choices very individual and you will know how you feel when you are in a room with a particular colour. While colour is a personal choice, there are some Feng Shui principals that follow certain colours:
• red (good for closing deals or entertaining people)
• yellow (encourages creativity, focus and discipline)
• blue/green (promotes creativity, soothing, calming)
Part 1; Cutting Out the Distractions
Part 2: Planning Your Day