Is Your Office Killing Your Productivity?

Is your desk getting in the way of your productivity? Do you have papers and folders everywhere? Clutter isn’t the only thing that will rob your focus — how the furniture is arranged and what you choose to place on your desk play a big role too. It’s called Feng Shui and I was able to learn about it from one of the great experts, Judith Wendell from She’s given us a list of ways to make your office space work for you and allow you to be more efficient.

8 Point Feng Shui Office Checklist for Success

by Judith Wendell

Many of us experience life as unpredictable. Ensuring that our workspaces are supportive, is the purpose of Feng Shui. There are a few key Feng Shui principles (based on thousands of years of experience mind you) that will give you the edge you need to land the deal, get the client, dodge a bullet (or lay off) or be chosen for the award. It is also important to consider the comfort of the environment you are in.

No matter what you choose to do, this could make a difference in the feng shui of your office.

At the very least following the 8 point Feng Shui office checklist for success will offer you greater vitality and health at the office.

1. It is important to have a solid wall behind you. If that’s not possible then have the highest back chair you can. The further back you sit in a room the stronger your position.

2. Have a full view of the door without being in direct line with it and never sit behind the swing of your door. This is called the “command position.”

3. Never have your back to the door unless you have a reflective surface in front of you so that you can see the door and who may be standing behind you.

4. If your door faces a window — something as simple as hanging a crystal in the window can help the ‘chi’ or life force from flying out too quickly (with your business in hand!)

5. The further back you sit in your office the stronger your position.

6. Never work on a glass top table or desk – you may lose work or it may not be strong. If your desk must be glass, get a big blotter.

7. It is most favorable if your desk has front & side panels to protect you and your work.

8. Ideally, your work should flow from left to right on your desk…from “new beginnings” to “completion.” The ‘bagua’ or Feng Shui template can be applied to a desk. When doing so you will find that your ‘wealth’ area is in the upper left-hand corner and your area of ‘recognition’ is in front of you on the far edge of the desk. What there now? Hopefully not an old coffee cup!

Judith Wendell is the founder of SACRED CURRENTS; a company dedicated to creating vital and thriving environments since 1998. Judith offers her expertise to corporate and private clients alike. She holds a three-year accredited degree from the BTB Feng Shui Professional Training Program. Her knowledge of Classical Flying Star Feng Shui, Space Clearing Rituals and interior design, inform all her consultations. The New York Times said, “Candle 79 hired Ms. Wendell to go where no contractor had gone before…” Judith has also appeared in New York Magazine, NBC Today Show, CNN International Business, Conte Nast Traveler, Glamour, PBS, The New York Post, and others. Find her at

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