Advances in technology and the rising cost of petrol means more and more people are working from home. Whether you’re an office worker ‘telecommuting’ three days a week or an enterprising SAHM (stay at home mum) starting her own business, it’s important to spend some time and money on creating a home office to set you up for success.
While a separate room away from other distractions is really important, it isn’t always practical or possible so we’re going to give you some fabulous Feng Shui tips to help you make the most of the space you’ve got.
Not every home office is going to have all the space you’d like, but you can make the most of what you have. First up when positioning your desk make sure that your back is NOT facing the door. As the ‘boss’ of your space, your desk should be the focal point and be in the prime location in your office room.
When people walk into your room towards you they’ll be in full view and you won’t be caught off guard or distracted. You will be able to work in a focused and relaxed manner while retaining charge of your space. This is great Feng Shui!
If you have the space, hire a builder to install a desk that folds up into a wall cavity so you can still use the room as a guest room on the weekends.
Lighting is extremely important. Too much light (or too little) and you may find it hard to read your screen, concentrate or may even end up with headaches. If you have too much light coming in from large windows then consider hiring a curtain maker and installer. They can measure your window space and advise on the best size and style of window covering for your room.
Hire a registered electrician to install and advise on lighting options in your office. Make sure you have the right amount of lighting, at the right angle. Get rid of any excessive glaring lighting from the windows or overhead. You’ll then find you’re working more efficiently and happily with great Feng Shui.
Keep your office space neat and tidy. If you are able to, place a couple of plants in your home office space to brighten it up. Another great addition can be a framed motivation type poster or a ‘vision board’. These two additions to your home office will help focus and clear your mind. They’re also doable on a budget. Position wall hangings to compliment the layout of your office.
Work smarter and keep your desk as clutter free as possible. Don’t let it pile up with a stack of paperwork to deal with ‘tomorrow’. Leaving paperwork lying around causes stagnant energy to manifest and you may find yourself becoming sluggish and unmotivated.
Hire a handyman to install some shelving or filing systems. Old filing cabinets and bookshelves can be re-purposed into something modern with a little creative flair.
Do you have a photo of your home office? Share your ideas and pics in the comments below and tell us what works (and doesn’t) for you.