Desk Chairs to Elevate Your Workspace in 2021
A feng shui expert says your workplace can make you more productive
You have made your way to the hour of maximum productivity. You started making to-do lists on the eve of each workday. And hey, it took a while, but you’ve learned to fit into the awkward silence that follows giving up on things that don’t serve you. But if you’re still looking for ways to get more done in a day, you might want to rethink your floor plan. No seriously. If you work from home or have an office, it’s worth moving your desk to a more comfortable position, says interior designer Gabriel Santiago. This position is based on the principles of Feng Shui (Certified Practitioner in Santiago), and a Los Angeles-based designer found it to be of immense importance to your ability to focus on work.
Move the table so that it faces your door
Feng Shui recommends positioning the table so that when you sit down, you are looking at the entrance to the office. It may seem distracting at first, don’t you always notice who comes and goes? but Santiago claims that the opposite is worse. You want to see who comes and goes so that you don’t feel like someone is sneaking up on you.
Think of it as an elevator full of people. According to her, when we see that the elevator is full, we usually stand at the buttons, because this is the point of control, or with our back against the wall, because that is the safest way to see everything. Subconsciously, our minds and bodies want to feel that everything is in control, so when we consciously place our desk and office on this estate, it brings tremendous relief from which we can all benefit.
If you can’t put your desk facing the doorway, Santiago suggests hanging a mirror so you can easily look up and thus see the entrance. Plus, a high-backed work chair can also help with safety, she adds. When we don’t see face to face what enters our space, we can feel insecure and insecure. A high-backed chair can make us feel protected from these feelings and energies.
Use curtains and rugs to balance the flow in the room
Feng Shui practitioners believe in balancing the flow of energy, or qi, in a room. If you are feeling overwhelmed and overworked, Santiago suggests taking a closer look at your surroundings. Is your desk facing the window? Does this window face the street? Does your desk go to the elevator? she asks. If you answered yes, then you are facing a lot of activity, which can be debilitating.
In feng shui, this is known as having a large amount of fast qi entering your space and you need to slow it down. You can do this by adding other notes of visual interest to the room, such as a patterned rug and curtains, Santiago said. (Think of it as if you are sitting in a small room with a TV that constantly changes channels every 30 seconds. You can’t help but be distracted by this. When there are other things in the room, you start turning it off and it controls less of your attention. )
If you feel sluggish, just add water
On the other hand, if you feel like a three-hour slump is occurring, well, at any time of the day, your space could suffer from slow qi, Santiago says. Clearing the room and painting the room in invigorating colors (such as crisp whites and pastels) and adding an element of nature, especially water, can help here.
She notes that you can add a fountain, an aquarium, or anything that looks like movement. The soft bubbling sounds of water can act like white noise, helping you focus on what you want to achieve, but even the simple movement of the water can be a discreet way to inspire you to just keep walking, just keep going, just keep going, going, going. (This is the phrase in that Pixar movie, right?)