Optimise workflow at your work station

Are you a messy desk person? If getting through the layers of post-it notes, files and print-outs on your desk would require an archaeological dig, using the principles of feng shui could really help.

You might not go as far as the Hong Kong architects who build ‘dragon holes’ to help positive energies flow through their buildings, but this ancient Chinese philosophy contains practical advice that can really help optimise your workflow. In Singapore, we are particular about lucky numbers, auspicious days, time and places as well as words that intimate good fortune. Feng Shui is not merely an art form for bringing luck but is often a common sense approach to creating harmony between the mind and body with our environment.

Here’s how to make sure your office space has good “feng shui,” check if you can follow this check list of items:

Clear the clutter away

This is no-nonsense. We have been nagged at our parents from young to keep our desks clean and clear of clutter. It is easier to work in a cleaner, more organised space, and is good feng shui.. You will be able to find your documents quickly, and it will leave you with a sense of discipline. Make sure you also clear the clutter on your computer. It is like clearing it in the real world – making sure your hard drive is not hard to navigate makes working more efficient.

1. Put a plant in the top left corner

This is the Wealth section of your desk, so putting a plant there encourages your wealth to grow. Plants also respire, and this helps oxygenate the air in your office, bringing more oxygen into the atmosphere and helping better blood flow. A colleague of mine even brought in a money plant into the office once to improve her feng shui. What better way to increase her luck!

2. Use the front-middle part for your computer

Filling the “Career” section of your desk with a computer will boost your business success. Clip articles that inspire and motivate you, and look up occasionally to remind yourself of how far you have come. There is no point in brooding over past failures. Keep working hard and motivate yourself with inspirational quotes that will benefit you.

3. Keep your home office far away from your bedroom

It is bad energy to work near where you sleep, since you are supposed to keep a good distance between your personal and business life. Having that physical distance allows you to establish a healthy boundary between you and your work. A Regus office is conveniently located at the cities and neighbourhoods, so I choose to cycle to work whenever I can. Having the privilege to change the surroundings in which I work helps to lift my moods and increase my well-being.

4. Ensure good air flow

Air quality is very important in feng shui. Nowadays, it is common for employees to be stuck in the office the entire day, even packing in their lunches to eat. Staying in an airconditioned room the whole day is not only bad, but it keeps your blood from flowing as well. Keeping a constant supply of fresh air is supposed to keep good energy flowing through your office. Getting out of the office and taking a walk is also good – it keeps the blood in your legs and arms flowing, and you can be sure you breathe better when you are out in clean and green Singapore.

These may seem like simple tips that anyone can do, but you will be surprised by how little attention people pay to their surroundings. Paying more attention to the place where you spend more than eight hours at every day can have incremental changes for your mood and overall well-being in the office.

- Paul MacAndrew, Country Manager of Regus Singapore -