Working from home? How to keep the work-life balance

Working at home has many benefits, but also holds challenges as you need to learn setting boundaries and end work. Feng Shui is about balance and you need to make sure to keep the work-life balance to ensure quality time for yourself, with our family and friends.

One of the benefits of working from home is the freedom to arrange the office according to your working style and preferences, which helps increasing productivity and motivation. Of course every business and every building is different and needs a personal approach to define the most supporting settings, but you can start yourself by following some general rules:

1. Separate business and personal life
It is best to have a separate room for your business activities; ideally even with separate entrance. It makes it mentally much easier to transition and separate work and private life. Especially for women this often becomes an issue. At the end of the workday, leave the office and close the door!

2. Choose an area near the front door
Office locations near the front door or in rooms just outside of the main footprint of the building are good for getting your name out and attracting new clients. Creative businesses need windows and natural light for inspiration and yang energy. If your space lacks windows, hang pictures of landscapes or moving water.

3. Create distance to the sleeping area
Place your desk as far away from the bedroom(s) as possible. This prevents radiation from wifi, computers and printers in the sleeping area. If that is not possible, create as much division as possible.

4. Ensure quality of air and light
The brain and body needs oxygen and enough natural daylight for a high output. Follow the advice for lightening and placements of plants also for your home office.

5. Find the Power Position
Place your desk in the power position with a wall in your back and the entrance diagonally opposite you. If that is not possible and you are sitting with the back towards the entrance, place a small mirror to reflect the door. Leave more space in front of your desk than behind so that the Chi can gather and disperse.

6. Choose uplifting decorations
Office decorations should reflect your ambition, vision and goals. What might be too dynamic for your living room, might just be perfect for your office, especially if you are selling a product or service. Images of waterfalls, rising balloons or any memorable achievement in your career are creating feeling of happiness and will inspire you. But avoid personal décor that could distract you! Apply colours according to the energy of the sector (e.g. green/brown in East/Southeast, blue in North etc).

Here a summary for the most important areas in business:

Recognition – the South sector
The element of this sector is Fire. Avoid blue décor, large mirrors, water features or images of water in this area as water puts down the fire energy you need to be recognized.

Career Luck – the North sector
The element of this area is Water. Use black and white career related images that inspire you or place a water feature. Avoid crystal or any pottery in this area.

Financial Luck – the Southeast
Use images or items relating to money and abundance. The element residing here is wood. So you can also use green or plants, but make sure to avoid fire and metal (colours red and white).

7. Working hours and breaks
Stick to logic working (opening hours) and avoid external contacts outside office hours. Take breaks by leaving your desk for lunch and change environment after working hours by taking a walk or running errands for example. This helps getting your mind off the tasks you worked on, recharge your energy and transition to free time.

8. Networking
Working from home easily leads into isolation and too much yin energy around you. Therefore you need to stimulate yang energies by getting out, even if it means to step outside of your comfort zone. Engage in community activities or join meet ups, networking groups or workshops that suit your area of expertise.

Follow these tips and review your homeoffice settings to create a better work-life balance!

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2014-11-17T08:17:38+00:00

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