While day trading has always lent itself more easily to a remote work environment, virtual office setups remain on the rise in the wake of the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
Whether you've been calling in from your home office for a while or are still adjusting to the change, your workspace matters. There are certain principles of design, including Feng Shui, that can help turn any room into a productive, calming space that empowers you to be as efficient as possible.
Not sure where to begin? Today, we're sharing a few Feng Shui-inspired tips to help you work your hardest and feel your best.
Keep It Separate
Sure, working on your couch or from the comfort of your bed might sound luxurious. However, it won't be long before the stresses and demands of work begin to encroach on your former oasis. The concept of Feng Shui centers on establishing a comfortable work/life balance that doesn't rob one side too greatly to feed the other.
As such, it's important to designate a separate place for your home office, preferably as far away from your personal spaces as possible. If you can, try to choose a room with a window that has an inspiring view, though be wary of scenery that could be too distracting.
Find Your Command Position
Once you've chosen the room for your home office, your first order of business should be positioning your desk. If you're following Feng Shui, this means finding your "command position". In short, this is the position that makes you feel the most confident, comfortable, and safe.
Traditional Feng Shui requires that your command position possess the following attributes:
- Allows you to view all the doors into the room
- Positions a solid wall behind you
- Positions a solid wall to one side of you
- Positions you away from the door's energy flow
As you can expect, it's often difficult or impossible to check all of these boxes, depending on your room design.
First, try facing your desk toward a window. In addition, you can also face a beloved piece of artwork on the wall, or an accent that is more neutral, such as a plant. The idea is to be surrounded by items you consider to be beautiful, but that you won't be tempted to stare at blankly for 30 minutes while unanswered emails flood your inbox.
Clear Digital Clutter
One of the principles of Feng Shui is a clean and uncluttered space. While your physical office might be swept up and clear of debris, take a look at your computer desktop.
When you trade from home, you're surrounded by the images you see on your computer. Do you have 10 tabs open at one time and so many files on your screen that you can't see the background? Take 10 minutes at the start of each day to delete or remove items you do not need.
This way, you can create an online environment that's just as tranquil as your actual surroundings. While you're at it, update your background image from the generic stock design to one that's uplifting and sure to encourage you every morning.
Bring In Natural Light
Not only do overhead fluorescent lights go against the basics of Feng Shui, but they can also be detrimental to your health. If you work under harsh office lighting for a long period of time, it can trigger headaches and migraines.
While you're at home, use this opportunity to your advantage. If your room has enough windows, eschew the ceiling lights and let in as much sunlight as possible. You can also use task lighting, such as floor lamps, to add extra illumination where needed.
Start the Day With Clean Energy
When you work from home, there is little distinction between your personal and professional environment. Over time, this can make you feel overwhelmed and bogged down, surrounded by pressures from every angle.
If this happens, it's helpful to remember the Feng Shui concept of energy clearing. Does your home office feel heavy and weighted down with deadlines and looming responsibilities? Rather than launching right into a conference call as soon as you pour your morning coffee, take some time to clear the energy in the room, first.
This might mean lighting a candle, performing a brief meditation, or simply sitting in silence. You can also play some favorite songs, open the windows, or even clap your hands together a few times to change the vibe.
Add Personal Mementos
You don't need to fill every corner of your home office with family pictures, but you don't need to make it sterile and bland, either. Especially when you're feeling stressed, it can be helpful to keep a favorite memento close by to look at for inspiration.
Keep a special crystal in your desk drawer, or a stack of your favorite books on the shelf beside your desk. This helps soften the energy in the room and gives you somewhere to look when you need to reset. This way, you can feel connected and supported, buoyed forward by thoughts of pastimes and people you love.
Choose Ergonomic Seating
Comfort and Feng Shui go hand-in-hand. If you are still working on a stiff, uncomfortable office chair, be sure to take plenty of stretch breaks to keep your back from tightening up and making the workday miserable.
When possible, invest in ergonomic seating that's designed to provide optimal support for your bones and joints, allowing you to sit for hours at a time without feeling discomfort. If these chairs aren't in the cards yet, adapt your current seating situation to be as comfortable as possible. Add a lumbar support pillow to your chair or elevate your feet on a footrest to keep your spine straight and aligned.
Work From Home in Feng Shui Style
As you get used to day trading from home, remember to give yourself time to adapt to the transition. Even if you've worked remotely for years, the demands of the pandemic have forced almost all workers to transform their idea of a normal workday.
By following the above principles of Feng Shui, you can help create an at-home space that is inspiring and motivating without taking away from the heart of your home.
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