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Feng Shui Your Office to Advance Your Career and Make More Money


Feng Shui OfficeIn hard economic times, you need every advantage to advance in your career. But did you know that something as simple as the location of your desk and the placement of your office within the building could send you on the fast track to greater success and more money?

Feng Shui does not provide a "one size fits all" solution. It depends on a variety of factors, including how the chi, or energy, circulates within the entire space. Are you comfortable or surrounded by clutter? Do you look forward to coming to work in the morning, or do you dread sitting at your desk for eight hours (or more) a day?

These Feng Shui tips will help you create an environment in which you can feel productive, happy and successful.

1. Place yourself in a command position.
Feng Shui OfficeYour desk should be in the "command position." You should have a view of the room and the door without being in direct line of the door or a main walkway. Sitting in front of a door puts you in the center of rushing chi, which can adversely affect your career - you may get fired or want to quit.

It's just as bad to sit with your back to the door, where you may feel as if you are under attack by your co-workers. If you can't move your desk but are facing a wall, place a mirror on the wall, desk or on your computer monitor so you'll be able to see behind you. This puts you in a command position, where you can see what is coming at you-both literally and figuratively-in your career. It also prevents your co-workers from "stabbing you in the back."

Ideally, you should be able to walk around both sides of the desk. This encourages the chi to flow freely around the room. If one side of your desk is blocked or pushed up against a wall, it can impact your income, as well as your relationships with co-workers, customers and prospects.

2. Get you and your career unstuck.
When many people approach me about feeling stuck in their career, one of the first areas I look at is under the desk. Make sure you don't have anything, including books, shoes, a wastebasket or computer tower blocking your leg room. You should have plenty of space for your feet, without having to do a break dancing move just to sit down. Anything that inhibits your leg room could make you feel stuck in your job.

Likewise, clutter, heavy bookshelves or weighty pictures on the wall above your head can cause anxiety and pressure. The downward pressure these create may even give you headaches.

3. Open the door to opportunity.
Your door, if you have one, should open a full 90 degrees so be careful how much you put behind the door. Nothing should block a person from walking into the space. A clear doorway welcomes wealth energies into your work space and allows you to take better advantage of new opportunities.

4. Add life energy to your space.
BambooYou can apply the Bagua map, a tool used by many Feng Shui consultants to illustrate how different sections of a space correspond to different aspects of life, to your desk. For instance, the back left corner of your desk represents wealth and abundance. The back right corner represents relationships. What do you currently have located in the corners of your desk?

But even without any knowledge of the eight sectors of the Bagua, you can easily add life energy to your desk in the form of bamboo or a money tree plant. This can improve relationships in the office and amongst co-workers, as well as attracting wealth and good fortune to you.

5. Trust your instincts
When your minor adjustments are done, look around your office and consider your feelings. Are you more comfortable? Does the space seem to flow? Do any items create stress when you look at them or does your office create a calm, yet energized, feeling for you and others who enter? Do you feel productive or stagnant?

Does this help? Do these suggestions give you some ideas on how to improve your own office? I'd love to know if you have any other advice to add.

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Great tips to increase productivity and reduce anxiety. Even though it sounded quite strange from the beginning, but when I summed up what I have read, it made sense to me.
Posted @ Thursday, May 14, 2009 4:07 AM by AndreaZ
Thank you for the great advice. I've been putting off doing another 'cleansing' of my office and now I'll look into rearranging some things as well. Keep coming with these valuable posts!
Posted @ Thursday, August 20, 2009 9:09 PM by Dan Ronken
I understand the idea of having space under your desk BUT I have a small box under my desk that I use as a footrest. Is that OK? Having my feet up really helps my back and blood circulation
Posted @ Tuesday, September 01, 2009 7:15 PM by Elizabeth
This is a great blog. I have tweeted it. Is it ok if I put this blog on my website. I always love this stuff.
Posted @ Tuesday, November 10, 2009 11:05 AM by Lesley Voth
Lesley, Thank you. I really appreciate you tweeting this and finding value in the blog itself.
Posted @ Tuesday, November 10, 2009 8:19 PM by Ken Lauher
Ken, Thanks for this fabulous post! It is definitely time for me to cleanse my office and desk.  
I sit at a secretary that has bookshelves and sits against a wall. I have the shelves loaded with books. Is this something I need to change and is this what you are talking about re: having heavy shelves above head causing pressure? 
I read your blog everyday and find it very inspiring. Thank you for showing us how we can easily balance our environment to increase success, health and happiness!  
Posted @ Wednesday, May 19, 2010 4:28 PM by Donna Vail
Donna, so glad you enjoyed it. Thank you. Regarding your question, typically it is items that are above your head that are heavy that can cause the downward pressure resulting in feeling stuck or physical headaches. Based on what you described, does not truly sound like this but would have to see a picture to understand better the situation and space. Thanks again.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 19, 2010 9:47 PM by Ken Lauher
Hello, I am a little bit confused. I will feng shui an office for my friend. Inside her office there is a chimney that is not working...what can I do with that issue? What are the best colors for an office? It is according the gua are it is located the office? (for example, helpful people gua) Her office is located in the helpful people and travel gua. Do I have to work with the colors of white and gray of this gua and decorate it according to this gua or can I work with other colors of wealth (purple, blue or red) to enhance productivity/wealth at her work? 
Thanks for the help and have wonderful evening :-) 
Posted @ Thursday, May 20, 2010 2:23 PM by Sylvia
Sylvia, The color of an office can be based on the career, person, element or ba gua. There are many different ways to approach this and typically a Feng Shui consultant can help you identify the best method. I personally base the color off of the space or the person and not typically base it off of the trigram or ba gua that it is located in. I would recommend a lighter color such as a light green.
Posted @ Thursday, May 20, 2010 10:09 PM by Ken Lauher
Nice post. I being reading your post for a while,dropping a message to express thanks.
Posted @ Thursday, July 08, 2010 7:58 PM by June T
June, so glad to hear that you're enjoying my posts. Thank you!
Posted @ Thursday, July 08, 2010 9:28 PM by Ken Lauher
Love your articles!! I am moving into a new office soon and am anxious to decorate using feng shui concepts. My quesiton though is this...I have a U shaped desk. I sit at the front part then the "bottom" of the U is to my left, then the other "arm" behind me; it is open to my right. In terms of the Bagua, do I consider the whole "U" my desk, or just the "arm" I sit at? I hope this makes sense!!!
Posted @ Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:11 PM by kim
i have understood a good help from u.
Posted @ Friday, August 13, 2010 8:12 PM by aishamma
Great article! First time I see your webpage. I am a small business owner for 6 years and very frustrated about getting my business to the next level. I can see that in my office everything is placed incorrectly. I will rearrange everything as soon as I can and see what happens...Thanks
Posted @ Saturday, September 25, 2010 2:01 PM by Carmen Segrera
Thank you. improvement in my life
Posted @ Tuesday, September 28, 2010 5:50 AM by binduraj
After reading your article I changed everything in my office.The only thing I could not change was getting one side of my desk to the wall. I can not walk around both sides of my desk. What can I do to help this? Thanks.
Posted @ Wednesday, September 29, 2010 8:44 AM by Carmen Segrera
what about people that don't work in an office, but work in a factory and would like to change their career
Posted @ Monday, October 25, 2010 7:39 PM by heather
Hi Ken, What you say really makes 
sense, but my office is in my dining room at home. My desk is facing a wall which I know now I think I should move it so my back it facing the wall (don't you think that I better Idea)? but I never quit found the answer to what is means whats on the left side of your desk and the right side of your desk..can you let me know please?
Posted @ Tuesday, December 28, 2010 2:19 PM by Patricia
Hi, I have bamboo plants in all my 4 washrooms of home. Is it OK to keep Bamboo Plants in the washrooms?
Posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 11:30 PM by Manmeet Sikka
Excellent advice that i will try to implement in my cubical. My back is facing a door and main enterance other than the mirrors what else can I do or put?
Posted @ Wednesday, February 09, 2011 8:54 PM by Bere
Hello, thank you for all your articles. I am in my office right now and do not know how to place my L shape desk in command position because the door is just in the middle of the wall, not on a side like you show in the samples. What can I do, thank you.
Posted @ Thursday, February 10, 2011 10:38 AM by cecilia
what is priority, being able to walk arround the desk or not to face the door? thank you
Posted @ Thursday, February 10, 2011 10:44 AM by cecilia
Hi Ken,  
thanks a lot for the free tips! Helpful while I am mastering the Feng Shui Secrets course. 
I work from home office, but do not have a separate room, my office corner is in the living room. The desk was already in the "command position", but I had to move it a bit to the side so that there would be space on both sides of the desk. Then I removed a storage box from under the desk even though it was not really compromising my legroom, and I cleared all unnecessary things off my desk.  
I'll still have to move two shelf stands from behind the desk. And Go through the clutter on those shelves.  
I am concentrating on improving money/wealth/prosperity area of my life at the moment, so I put a purple spring flower in the "wealth corner" of the desk and a "Chinese turtle on the money pile with a small turtle on it's back and a coin in it;s mouth".  
Let us see the results! :)
Posted @ Wednesday, March 16, 2011 11:02 AM by Larissa
Thank you so much for purchasing my Feng Shui Secrets ebook. I'm very excited for you and glad that you are making some positive changes in regards to your space. Keep me up to date on your progress.
Posted @ Wednesday, March 16, 2011 8:33 PM by Ken Lauher
Hi Ken - many thanks for all the great advice. my question is: when I come into the room my 'wealth corner' is over to the far left I believe. I've just moved my desk as per your advice!! (nightmare with the desk top computer/screen cables!!)and now have the far wall to my back with the wealth corner immediately to my right. Is it still a good idea to put wealth symbols on the back left hand corner of the desk as well? also the right hand side of the desk has to be up against the wall. what can I do to overcome the hampered chi flow? Thanks so much for you time and help.
Posted @ Friday, March 18, 2011 12:05 PM by Jeremy
I am a little confused about the desk area and I have tried to resolve the confusion around placing my desk in the command position when I am also instructed to point my desk in my most favorable position. If I place my desk in the command position, then I am facing my worst direction according to my personal kua number. Any suggesttions would be helpful. Thanks
Posted @ Thursday, June 23, 2011 10:06 PM by Amy
Amy, There are different schools of thought regarding Feng Shui. The best thing to do is to decide which school you resonate with most for Feng Shui and stick to that practice. If you try blending the two, you will come across different messages and become frustrated. I personally practice the BTB method. We place emphasis on how the chi or energy enters a room. Thus, we find it most valuable to be placed in a command position.
Posted @ Thursday, June 23, 2011 10:09 PM by Ken Lauher
Thank you for the information. Very helpful!
Posted @ Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:05 PM by Charla Garrison
I love your website. You are generous, offer lots of useful things to do right away, simplify bagua, directions etc. Love your bit about 3 most important parts - door, kitchen and bedroom. Your really positive energy jumps right off the screen. Thanks Ken. I'm going to apply your tips and make some money to have a phone consult with you. My business is so stagnant income wise, even though everyone who comes absolutely loves the results they get working with me. Trish
Posted @ Saturday, August 13, 2011 3:06 AM by Trish
Is it ok to have your back to the door at your home office?  
My house is on a direct diagonal and my home office is located in the Children (west) and knowledge (bagua) corner of the house. The door is at the east corner of the room. There is a large window on the sw wall. The others are empty. Although I was planning to put a wardrobe for coats along the SE wall. Not sure where to put the desk. Any ideas? 
ps, love your website!
Posted @ Tuesday, November 08, 2011 8:57 AM by onyx bailey
Kevin love your website, all your articles are so fabulous and the first Feng-shui site that i have been too that makes sense for modern living in this day and age. 
What do you suggest for a combo bedroom/office(I work from hm). I can rearrange to have desk in left corner of rm when you enter from the door and facing door, bed on right facing the door, (small rm in apt no option) I was thinking of making a free standing room divider/screen that I can put up at night to hide the desk/office area at night, but I may feel cramped, my rm is 10' x 10'. I want to feel comfortable when I am working and at night when I rest. Any suggestions?
Posted @ Wednesday, January 04, 2012 12:34 AM by Sonny
Great question. I personally would not put the screen up as it is one more thing to deal with in your space. As you mentioned in another comment, you have many things for your business, I would simplify and not add anything else. Right now the goal for your business is forward progress, when we add additional items, it is creating distractions and road blocks in our physical life. I personally would not have the bed in direct line with the door. I would position the bed in the command position so that you can see the door but are not in direct line with the door. You previously mentioned you do much of your work in another room, I would position the desk on the wall maybe where your bed was. Not ideal but want you to have great health and work in a different area than not getting rest and not being focused as a result.
Posted @ Wednesday, January 04, 2012 10:57 AM by Ken Lauher
This is a great article! I'll be cleaning under my desk first thing tomorrow morning! Today I realized that I have difficulty getting people at work (boss, admin asst, committee members who don't physically work in the same office) to HEAR me. I feel like my opinion is not valued, that I can't get a word in, and that often I can't even ask questions. Any ideas for me? Thanks SO much for all the great articles!
Posted @ Thursday, February 23, 2012 9:29 PM by Jo Starr
Sounds great. Appreciate you sharing your comment. Two areas to look at in your home is your fame and recognition area and helpful people section. To learn more how to review, you may want to review my ebook, Feng Shui Secrets. Visit http://www.kenlauher.com/fengshui-book to learn more.
Posted @ Friday, February 24, 2012 4:25 PM by Ken Lauher
Well this is great and I am certainly trying to put some feng shui on my desk as I have just moved to new office and I do not feel confortable on it. Yet I can not move my desk or position. So if I can ask you some questions let me know  
Posted @ Saturday, June 30, 2012 3:08 PM by Calu
For a personal review of your work space or desk, you might want to consider a 20 minute phone consultation. Visit http://www.kenlauher.com/consulting-services/ to learn more.
Posted @ Saturday, June 30, 2012 8:36 PM by Ken Lauher
This is a very useful post. Is it a bad idea to have an electric fan in the relationship or family corners of your office? Given the limitations on furniture and space, this is the only location I can place the fan. The family corner. where my fan resides, is to the back of my chair.
Posted @ Sunday, June 09, 2013 5:24 PM by Namtaro
Focus on what you can change and not on what you can't. If this is the only areas for the fan, then don't stress about it. Ideally, you would like to have the fan circulating through the entire space and not focused on one particular area. But in the grand scheme of Feng Shui, this is a very low priority compared to the lot, environmental factors, floor plan and layout.
Posted @ Monday, June 10, 2013 8:20 PM by Ken Lauher
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