This room or section of a room needs careful consideration. To begin with, it is important that you define what you are primarily using this space for. Is this an area designated for your children to get on with their homework? Is it simply a desk where you keep up to date with your correspondence and bills? Is this where you bring your work home and spend several hours in the evening or even at the weekends completing projects? Is this an area where you study for a course or diploma at present? All of these uses need to have some stabilisation, focus, stillness and peace. On the other hand, as with the growing trend in our society, you may be working from home. A large proportion of your time needs to be engaged in communication with the outside world. If you become isolated and lack the charge of the interaction with your colleagues and clients, it could easily lead to you being side lined and forgotten. In this particular instance, you need to be looking at ways to vitalise this area and increase the potential for you to be in communication with the outside world.
What ever your desired use is for this space, there are basic Feng Shui considerations that you can apply. Ideally this area is quiet, with no distractions and is out of the main thoroughfare of the home. The position and structure of both your desk and chair are vital. A common mistake in modern society is to place the desk up against a wall with layer of layer of useful shelves towering above, heavily laden with books and notes and magazines! This is a Feng Shui nightmare! From this perspective you are likely to feel trapped, over burdened and uninspired. Just to complete the nightmare, have your back facing the door! The first step is to make sure that you have a desk that is strong, stable and clutter free – that is both on the surface and within the drawers. The imagery of study and contemplation is represented by the Trigram from the I Ching – the Mountain.
Your desk ideally represents this image. Secondly, make sure that the chair you use is stable and gives your back good support. It is fine if the chair swivels and that you can adjust its height and angle but it must have a good “mountain” behind. Get these two pieces of furniture firmly stable and you will bring stability to your studies.
The next job is to look at the position of your desk and chair, relative to the room. In an ideal world, we would position ourselves in the sector of study and contemplation which is in the North East. Even if you do not position yourself in this sector in your study, make sure that the South Eastern corner is kept clutter free, bright and inspiring.
Try to position yourself so that you can see the door from where you sit and avoid a situation where you could be in the “draught” of Chi that could occur if there is a window opposite the door. Similarly check that you are not positioning yourself in a through draught of Chi that may be occurring if you sit midway or along the path or in the direct line of 2 facing windows. This will affect your concentration as your ideas will leave via the window!
Daylight from the windows can be very uplifting and inspiring but try to avoid positioning your desk so that you are looking directly out of the window. You may find yourself being constantly distracted. Sitting close enough to benefit from the sunlight and at a glance being able to see the view sideways is far better than a) looking directly out of the window and b) being stuck in some dimly lit corner. Images of stability, such as mountainous landscapes, can help you focus while the images of moving water such as lakes, streams and oceans, can help bring you inspiration.
If, when working from home, it is vital that you are in communication with the outside world – your clients and colleagues, then you can consider these ideas to help you keep in communication. Initially, you must deal with the obvious. Keep your desk a clutter free zone and deal with any outstanding back log of bills, memos, enquiries and commitments. Until these are really effectively dealt with, you are blocking the potential for new possibility to arrive. Pay particular attention next to the North Western sector of your study. This represents our mentors, our helpful friends and our potential for international trade and travel. Obviously keep this area clutter free and consider positioning your communications system within this sector – telephone, fax machine. Keep the area well lit, bring in some sparkle and if you wish to open up contact and communication with all 4 corners of the world, consider placing an illuminated globe in this sector.
If this room is also going to be used for your lounge or dining area, then remember that both of these activities are Yin and relaxing compared to the Yang activity of the communication and focus that your work requires. Make the effort to discipline your time when you designate this a Yang area – during office hours and then look at how you can simply transform the space by the use of screens or colours to create a more relaxing atmosphere for meal times, socialising or watching television.