Combining ancient spiritual practice and the laws of physics to inspire a new way of living.
If you are like me and accumulate a lot of miscellaneous junk on your desk by the end of the working week, you may feel the need to have a major cleanse once in a while to ‘free the mind’.
Do you often find yourself thinking: “I will definitely have the need for this in the near future, I’m sure of it!”? Yet, months have gone-by and you still find these items un-used, stocking piling up and collecting dust. This is probably a good indicator that another one of these scraps can “bite the dust”. Usually, this might be a difficult process but rest-assured, you shall suffer no longer! So, what to do?
“A tidy desk, is a tidy mind.”
Well, you may have heard of an ancient Chinese philosophy called “Feng Shui” which addresses this very concern. It literally translates to “wind” (Feng) and “water” (Shui).
This 6000 year-old teaching educates mankind about the art of creating and optimising residences and businesses to bring about happiness, abundance, and harmony.
Everything and everyone has a natural energy “Qi”; therefore, the framework, layout, materials and colours are all factors which are considered when creating synergy and flow in your environment.
Ultimately, Feng Shui aims to create an ideal setting to allow human beings to remain calm, collected and creative; inevitably allowing you to flourish regardless of any stresses life proposes – happy days!
Sound interesting? Well, you can apply this teaching to your life using this step-by-step guide. But beware, your life is about to change for the greater good! (You’re welcome.)
Step 1: The Feng Shui Self-Assessment
So, you are now aware of this mystical ancient practice and want to know if you need to apply it to your lifestyle. Well, if you feel like you are losing control and things are getting on top of you in the workplace, it’s a good indication that you need to rekindle your equanimity.
Sometimes we just get used to our “organised mess”; so begin by looking at your personal space and ask yourself the following questions:
1. Do you really need everything that’s in front of you?
2. Is your paperwork up-to-date?
3. Are you facing the door and/or window?
4. Are there any air-purifying plants in the office?
So, if you answered ‘no’ to these questions, there are some adjustments you can make – fast!
Step 2: Create Your Office Success-Pod
It’s no good looking at the disarray of documents every time you sit down; if anything, this will demotivate you and your colleagues – the complete opposite of what you are trying to achieve. So simplify your life and schedule frequent desk de-cluttering sessions by the following golden rule:
The Three R’s – Review, Recycle, Repeat…
In layman’s terms, just take a look at your desk and if there’s paperwork that you don’t need, recycle it – easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
Whilst in “work-mode” you need to be in a position to attract stronger, more positive and more successful energies. So, position yourself so that you are not facing the wall and if you are, place a meaningful piece of art or picture that resonates with you. Ideally you want to be facing the door; having the door behind you can create a feeling of anxiousness so if it’s within your power, alter your position.
Research shows that there is more indoor pollution than outdoor and if there are no plants within your office, you may want to think about strategically situating some around the office.
Step 3: Make It A Habit
We are only human, so we can’t maintain good form 100 per cent of the time, but if you follow a regime for a few weeks, this will naturally become a habit.
So, turn your procrastination into actions and make them stick – why not just combine the two and “procrast-in-action”? This newly invented terminology may even trigger a neuro-linguistic response to turn your thoughts into actions more efficiently – we are ahead of the game! Or, we can take an approach by one of the most influential scientists of all time: Sir Isaac Newton.
According to Newton’s First Law of Motion:
An object either remains at rest or continues to move at a constant velocity, unless acted upon by an external force.
Therefore, rather than pondering about the positive action you are going to perform, just begin and the task should move steadily in the right direction.
Each time you perform a habit, there’s a thickening of neural pathways. So, every time you carry out the habit the more automatic it becomes for you to perform – eventually, requiring little or no thought at all! Voila!
So, all that’s left now is for you to decide whether you want to take the “procrast-in-action” or “Sir Isaac Newton” approach. The choice is tough, but only you hold the key to your success. Let’s get the ball rolling…