In Feng Shui, the desk is one of the “big three” interior pieces that has a major influence on our lives. One of the most critical, life transforming, empowering and productive choices you can make when setting up your home or work office is to place your desk in the Power Position. This is a pretty big claim, but here’s the Feng Shui to support this opportunity.
This vantage point allows you to rule the roost, seeing all that happens before you like a general on the battlefield. You are in command, unchallenged, and therefore in charge and ready for anything that comes your way.
This diagram shows several possible favorable placements for the desk in this office. The yellow stream indicates one area to avoid since it is in line with the flow of Ch’i from the door. This accelerated flow can be unsettling to the calm, focused attention that is required when at our desk.
The tan area designates where you are unable to see the door comfortably from the desk. If you need to turn your head to the side to get a glimpse of the door, you are not in the Power Position. I’ve had many a client try to negotiate keeping their current desk position by asking if they could simply turn their head almost totally behind them to see the door. It just doesn’t work.
You will really boost your Feng Shui capital if you are able to incorporate these two additional factors into your placement:
Have a solid wall behind the desk
A solid wall provides stability and support to the person at the desk. When there is a window behind the desk, the Ch’i can exit through that opening, creating more movement and unrest. It is similar to having a modified door behind you. The diagram below shows the number of favorable desk positions in this office after we factor in the windows and allow for a solid wall behind the desk. There are still several good options available so the occupant can be focused and productive.
If there is no way to have both a view of the door and a solid wall behind the desk, apply a Feng Shui remedy. “Block” the window by sitting in a high back chair, put the window shade down while seated at the desk or put a large plant in front of the window.
Place the desk a comfortable distance from the door
If you have a choice to be close to the door rather than further back in the room, opt for the back where your view commands both the door and the widest part of the room at the same time. If the office is in an oversized room, a distance of 8-12 feet from the door would be preferable.
The heart of any office, what makes it productive, is the desk. It represents so many facets of our lives – our work, purpose, finances, internal and external organization to name just a few. Where is your desk situated? Would it be beneficial to move it? Your desk in the Power Position places you in the best spot for success.