It’s easy to doubt the power of feng shui
, but when it comes to your workspace there’s more science to back it up than you may think.Feng shui
(pronounced fung shway) is a Chinese philosophy that focuses on the spatial arrangement of objects and how those arrangements impact the flow of energy. You can read more about feng shui’s
, but today we’re going to look at its practice in the office.The Science
For those who appreciate empirical evidence, the folks in lab coats say it like this: Multiple stimuli present in the visual field at the same time compete for neural representation by mutually suppressing their evoked activity throughout visual cortex, providing a neural correlate for the limited processing capacity of the visual system.
That’s a direct quote from a study conducted at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute and published in The Journal of Neuroscience in 2011. Pretty fancy, but what does it mean? In English, it means that the more crap you have on your desk the less you’re able to focus while you work.Now, you may be the type to say, “Yeah, but I thrive in chaos.” Maybe, but science has an answer for that, too. A very small percentage of people really do think better when the fit is hitting the shan, but the rest of us just use this cool-sounding phrase because we’re too lazy to clean up after ourselves.The Method
So, how do you improve your workspace? If we’re taking our cues from ancient Chinese philosophers and seasoned scientists – who happen to agree despite a 6,000-year age difference and completely different academic disciplines – it means we should tidy up our desks. Some tips:
- Use storage bins or a file cabinet to organize (and hide) loose papers
- Bundle up computer cords and tuck them away
- Throw away that empty month-old Cheetos bag and other debris
- Clean your desk and electronics, and keep cleaning supplies handy for touchups
- Make sure your desk and chair promote good posture and easy movement
Now, once you’ve got all that done you can add a few decorative items that keep you at peace. Cliché dictates this would include a bamboo plant and Zen rock garden complete with tiny wooden rake, but you may find family photos more soothing.ATGStores.com
hopes these tips help you create a more relaxing and productive workspace.