If you're going to spend eight hours a day sitting in a space not much bigger than your average bathroom, employ feng shui to turn your cubicle into the ch'i-attracting environment it needs to be. After all, if there's one place where you need to maximize good fortune and minimize bad luck, it's at work.
Things You'll Need
- Cleaner and cloths
- Medium to Large Mirror
- Something purple
- Something black
- Cleaning crews may come in, but aside from an empty wastebasket and the odd dusting/vacuuming, it's usually hard to tell. Bring in your own cloths and cleaning solution--not only for this feng shui project, but also to use on a regular basis to get at the dirt most cleaning crews always seem to miss. Try a natural combination of water, vinegar and tea tree oil.
- Start clearing and cleaning your cubicle from top to bottom. Empty cabinets and drawers of their contents to clean inside. Clear your desk of everything and wipe it down--keyboard, mouse and monitor included. Just pile everything onto the floor and under your desk until your storage spaces are clean.
- Avoid the habitual inclination to put everything back where it was. Put some thought into where each item can best be utilized with the least effort on your part.
- If there's anything in your cubicle that you do not need--old files left by the last employee, a hole punch that you never use, a pen holder that you hate--get rid of it. If it's not something you can simply return to the supply closet, ask your office manager or supervisor what should be done with it.
- Dig into those files that have been building and bulging for months, maybe even years. Get rid of what you can and straighten the rest.
- If possible, move your computer so that your back is not to the door, which is bad feng shui. Not only does it force you to work under the constant anticipation of someone surprising you from behind, but you're blocking good ch'i, the very energy that feng shui is intended to help you attract. If the logistics of your cubicle do not allow for you to face the door, regain your command position by placing a mirror on your cubicle wall beside your monitor, positioned in such a way that you can see behind you so you can see what's coming at you -- in your life and your career. This mirror will also attract good ch'i into your cube.
- If you do not already have a live plant in your cubicle, bring one from home. It will help circulate nourishing ch'i throughout the space. The plant should be healthy, green and alive, connecting you to nature. If possible, bring a couple of them and place them on either side of your door to attract good ch'i into your cube.
- Space is at a premium in cubicles, so people often use the area under their feet for storage. You may have your computer tower, a tangle of power cords and maybe even boxes, bags and an extra pair of shoes under your desk. Remove these items if possible, organize anything that's left. Can you store your personal belongings in a drawer, or leave them in your car? At the very least, make sure the area directly below your feet is clear. You should be able to sit straight when you view your computer screen. Sitting an angle can cause numerous health issues.
- Make sure you don't have heavy items over your head. Many cubicles have built-in overhead shelves. Do not fill these shelves with books or other heavy items. If you do, you may feel downward pressure, like a literal weight on your shoulders. Items overhead can also lead to headaches. It is best not to have any items above your head at all.
- Don't scatter documents, calendars and to-do lists around your cubicle. Keep these items carefully filed and organized, making room to add inspirational items to your desk. These can be photos, drawings, figurines-anything that brings you joy and inspires you.
- You may not be permitted to burn a candle at your desk, but consider keeping peppermints in your drawer or a small citrus air freshener in your space. These scents awaken your spirit and give you an all-natural pick-me-up in the middle of the day.
- Work is a great place to enhance the wealth area of your life. To enhance the wealth area in your cubicle, place something purple in the far-left corner from the door.
- Hang some pictures of landscapes on your cubicle walls. It not only creates the illusion of windows, through which ch'i flows, but also creates for you the kind of peaceful environment you need to feel at ease, which is the ultimate intention of feng shui. Bodies of water are especially helpful, as water is associated with the career area of your life. Hang this picture on the wall that your door is on, as this is the career area of your space.
- Make sure your desk and cubicle is well-lighted. The commercial says, "We'll leave the light on for you," symbolizing a feeling of friendliness and a welcoming atmosphere. This concept applies at work, too. Turn your light on to increase the energy of the space and invite co-workers to visit.
- Keep the chi flowing by placing a small jar of candy in your cubicle. It encourages others to stop by to say hello and grab a treat, increasing the flow of energy, wealth and happiness in your social circles.
- Place pictures of your children in white frames in feng shui Children/Creativity area of your office desk.
- Don't store more than nine objects on your feng shui office desk for everyday use (phone, computer, lamp…). Make sure their placements correspond to the bagua map.
- Hang an images of your dreams (new house, car, boat, vacation, lavish life….) in golden frame in your feng shui Wealth area of your office.
If you don't find anything here that helps, consult the all knowing great Google oracle to find other articles. Also consult:
eHow's Feng Shui Cubible
Ken Lauher's How to Feng Shui Your Cubicle For Career Success
When you change how you look at things, the things you look at change. --- Wayne Dyer