our surroundings are a sensory rich narrative of our lives, punctuated with details and belongings that hold our intentions in place. And because our life story intersects with our work world, creative spaces are equally worthy of mindful design. Consider what words first percolate when you ponder your work space. Are you comfortable inviting people into your busy hive? When we “match” our intentions with our environments, it springboards productivity and well-being – an excellent tonic for keeping our energy up. So, if your working hours feel like a rummaging maze, here are a few shui tips to guide you onto a wide-open path:
Been working in the same space and exact spot for over a year? Roll up your sleeves and take everything out of your work zone. Wipe down the entire space. Your elbow-deep efforts cleaning shelves, vacuuming corners, or wiping down baseboards will feel like coming out of a long hibernation. This quality of attention to any space jolts awake our senses and energy, priming us for a satisfying stretch into new territories!
LEAVE OPEN SPACE.
Post-purge, only bring back what is useful, necessary, and presently applicable in your space. This is a ripe chance to recycle ruthlessly. Be mindful with every single thing; otherwise, standstill energy and attention vampires will hinge themselves right back into place. Choose a couple places to leave empty – 20% open space is a good goal. When we allow room to breathe, it welcomes new possibilities. Think of something you’d like to see shift in your life – be specific – and watch how accommodating those opportunities become!
SHOW UP FULLY.
A desk is a representation of how well we support our own success. If a desk is too small, it hampers our efficiency. When a desk is too large, it can make opportunities feel out of reach. Consider it a worthy transaction to find a desk that delights you. Remember, even necessity deserves to feel beautiful.
FACE YOUR LIFE.
If your desk currently rests against the wall, does it ever feel like you ‘hit the wall’ on projects or opportunities? In shui, the ideal placement for a desk is to face the doorway – a little off to the side instead of directly in front of the door. However, this arrangement isn’t economical in all spaces. So, to mitigate any work roadblocks, an open landscape print on the facing wall can be liberating. Not only does this bring in nature – a symbol of growth and nourishment – it provides plenty of room to embody and pursue all your big ideas!
MIX WITH THE LIVING.
Living energy is the yin to technology’s yang. Our interior worlds often consist of hard edges and straight lines. Mama nature has all the right curves – she’s supple with flowy lines, textured surfaces, and asymmetrical angles. To soften our man-made interpretations of the environment, incorporate plants, swirling prints, natural elements, and colors to bring balance into your surroundings. Because when your space feels vital, so will you!