Owning and operating a small business requires a lot of physical effort, mental energy, and creativity. It’s important for you to be operating at your optimal energy levels as much as possible—whether mental, emotional, or physical. How often do you feel as though you’re in this “optimal” state? If you’re like most small business owners who are constantly facing pressure and stress, chances are you don’t feel this way every often. In fact, you might feel like you’re losing energy throughout the day. Or you may feel a lack of inspiration or motivation on some days. If you’re one of the many stressed small business owners out there, feng shui could be something to consider for your office or workspace. Incorporating feng shui into your small business environment can help you to feel inspired, creative, and energetic throughout the day—all of which contribute to your small business success.
Feng shui is an ancient Chinese art form focused on balancing the elements in the work or living environment. The main belief of this practice is that everything has energy, and feng shui facilitates the flow of energy with proper placement of items and furniture. Incorporating the art of feng shui into your home or office allows energy to flow and represents a balanced self. You own your business, so a balanced self translates into a balanced business, and a balanced business is a growing one.
Feng shui is important to your office because it improves the flow of energy, which increases productivity and lowers stress levels. Feng shui allows you to feel creative and open, improving your wellbeing and even the quality of your work.
Now that you know what feng shui is and why it is important for your office space, here are some tips on how to make simple changes to improve your office or workspace feng shui.
Feng shui focuses on 5 elements: earth, wood, metal, fire, and water. Make sure you have all of these elements in your office space. An example of balancing your workplace is: if your office has a ton of window light (fire), and plants surrounding your office (earth), you’ll want to focus on getting metal, wood, and water elements. If you don’t have much surface area to work with, incorporate these elements into a screensaver, wall art, or even by using a wooden pencil. The possibilities are endless!
Let the surface area and desk space in your office breathe. Encourage the flow of energy by keeping clutter out of hte picture. Avoid stacking things on top of each other or piling papers. One easy way to do this is to invest in filing cabinets or having boxes designated to certain paperwork (such as balancing your marketing budget). Remove the empty cups or stacks of paper that hinder your energy flow. A clear desk and free flowing office space will give you an open mind and help you to be creative with your content and other marketing ideas.
Indoor pollution is just as bad, if not worse, than outdoor pollution. From dust to cleaning products and candles, chances are your workspace needs some air purification. Getting a plant helps circulate and purify the air flow in the office space, no matter how big or small your office may be. Some good indoor plants that don’t require much light are bamboo plants and Areca Palm. Don’t have a green thumb? Look for a cactus, succulent, or a hearty pathos plant for your workspace.
Windows are a built-in way to get more light and pleasant imagery into your office. However, if you don’t have windows, that’s okay. Get large photos and place them around your office space. They will bring energy and inspiration even if there are no windows and natural light coming in. The art should be bright and vibrant. Don’t feel like spending money on art? That’s fine, the pieces can be children’s art so no money necessary! If you want to get more creative, there are a variety of wall decals that can be placed around your office space to spruce it up.
If you’re at your desk all day, make sure your desk is placed against a visually appealing background. This could be a window, vibrant art, pictures of mountains or even a painted wall. Another option is to put your desk in a power position, such that you are facing or viewing the door. You may even find that occasionally changing your desk position or location inspires creativity.
Even with your new feng shui office, stress is still an inevitable part of life. To lower stress levels, put stress relievers around the office. Essential oils in a diffuser can be great for your office space. Or, give out stress balls to your employees to help them cope with stress in the moment.
With some few simple easy changes, you now are able to make your workspace more balanced and let the energy flow freely through space. Let us know in a comment below how incorporating feng shui helped your office space!