Office Yin and Yang
Yin and yang are energy terms in feng shui. In fact there are many different combinations and levels of yin and yang.
Seen as opposites; the image of two tadpoles swimming intertwined with the other. Neither one is completely pure white, nor pure black, as there is always an element of the other hidden inside.
Yin is feminine: soft, gentle, and nurturing. Yang is masculine: strong, energetic and aggressive.
When applying this concept to your work space, have a look around. Depending on the type of work you do, you will probably have different needs than other sectors.
If you are working in a busy Sale Office, you will need more yang energy. Yang is expressed by loud colours, shiny surfaces, sharp edges and dramatic shapes. The images on the walls should reflect with what you do. For example, a sales office for a Sports Wear Company, Automobiles and Insurance will need different motivation than a Pharmaceutical Company. The salespeople all need optimism, confidence to generate leads, and vision to follow through an idea.
A yin office would be something slower paced. When you, or you clients, need to discuss serious matters or concentrate on a project. Yin offices tend to be decorated in softer colours, use textiles for chairs and floors, softer shapes, plants and soft music.
If your office is part of your bedroom, you are giving your brain mixed messages. The bed is calling you to lie down and rest, yet your logic tells you to stay on the computer until the work is completed. Too much yin energy, when you need more yang energy.
Another problem shows up when you work in the dining room. The homey invitation of the kitchen is calling you to stop for a snack and the weekly report is incomplete.
What you may realize is that you NEED energy and focus to work,
and you NEED rest and peace to relax.
I know things get cramped in home offices, particularly when the kids come home for a visit. (I have a room-divider I use when I surrender the office to visitors; it blocks the bed when I need to work in the bedroom.) Take a few of these ideas into your workspace and see if this can help.
- Choose an area that ideally is above ground, has natural light and work table.
- Orient your chair so you don’t get interrupted.
- Block distractions with a plant or divider.
- Hold all calls; use the flight mode.
With some thought and little time you can find the perfect spot to be productive in a home or office setting. Balance and harmony can help to keep the chaos at bay.
For more information about yin and yang and setting up your office, check out my book;
‘Practical Feng Shui for the Office; Finding Your Individual Balance in the Workplace.’
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