The clock is ticking. Your deadline looms ever closer. Pressure is mounting. Yet, you can’t seem to concentrate on the task at hand. Juggling multiple projects is your forte, so why the confusion and lack of concentration? Although it may very well be a classic case of spring fever and the advent of summer that’s got your mind wandering from the daily grind, you probably need look no further than your immediate environment for solutions to get you back up to speed at work.
Clutter on your desktop is the likely culprit. Faced with a pile of clutter in our work area, we consciously feel that hopeless sense of “where do I begin?”. Until the clutter is cleared away, we will not be able to work at optimum levels of energy and enthusiasm. In short, the outward confusion directly impacts our inner confusion. To borrow a phrase that Cher said to Nicolas Cage in “Moonstruck”, “ Snap out of it!”.
1) Survey your surroundings at the end of the day. Put away all loose paperwork and equipment. Keep your files updated and ready to access.
2) Organize the tools of your trade. Have a good supply of all the items you need to work on your project before you begin, so you don’t lose precious time running out to an office supply store when your creative juices are flowing. Put every tool in its place when your work day is done.
3) Set goals and create a “to do” list that you can refer to throughout the day. Check off tasks as they are completed. Add new tasks as they come up. It’s a simple solution to keeping you focused on what needs to get done.
4) Schedule breaks to deal with colleagues (or kids if you work at home) all at once, rather than letting them interrupt your work flow whenever they choose. You’ll be able to focus more sharply on your project when you know you have uninterrupted chunks of time.
5) Respect yourself. Without clutter and confusion, there is clarity. The job gets done and you get to go home on time.
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Asian cultures make the simple exchange of a business card into an elaborate ritual that raises the gesture to almost and art form. Holding the business card between both hands, taking a bow from the waist, and presenting the card to a new contact in such an elegant manner is their custom. The way it’s done is almost more important than what is on the business card itself. Almost.
Your business card is a direct representation of your company and your rank within it. If you are in business for yourself, or, if you also carry a personal card to distribute to new friends you meet socially, you might have more leeway in creating the design of your card.
Cards can radiate energy, leaving someone a very positive impression of you and your company. On the other hand, they can also be cluttered and difficult to read. Much like your home or working space, business cards can be improved with feng shui analysis. Cards are usually rectangular in shape and it’s easy to locate the feng shui bagua map on them. Your bottom center area is related to Career, the left bottom corner is Wisdom & Knowledge, go up from there and it’s Family & Health, the upper left corner is Wealth. Center top is Fame, top right is Love & Relationship, below that is Creativity & Future Projects, lower right corner is Travel & Helpful People.
Think of these areas while you analyze your current card (and plan your next one). Is your logo well placed for the nature of your product or service? A bank would benefit from having the corporate logo on the upper left side where the Wealth area is located, for example. The upper right side-Love & Relationship– would enhance a wedding planning service or a marriage counselor. Trying to get people to notice you? Front and center will attract fame and reputation.
It’s critical not to cram too much info on your biz card. It pays off to give attention to the feng shui of all your marketing materials, especially in this Bear Market.
“Speech is the mirror of the soul.” ~ Publilius Syrus (1st Century BC)
Mirrors are one of the most common Feng Shui cures.They work well in both home and office spaces. Let’s take a look at your office. Imagine a dark, cramped, dingy space. The size of the space confines and constricts you. It’s difficult to breathe and that makes it difficult to concentrate. There might not even be any windows. At worst it sounds like Alcatraz, at best it is the closet under the staircase where you used to play hide and seek. Does this depressing space motivate you, inspire you, and energize you? Not likely! But this might be the office you are working in now.
Before you jump out that window you don’t even have,let me share a simple feng shui solution that can help you transform your dark hole into an uplifting work area. The solution is to consider installing some mirrors.Mirrors enhance a space tremendously by adding more reflected light. Whether your light source is natural or not, mirrors bounce it back into the room. A well placed framed mirror can serve as a great substitute for a window.
In addition, mirrors give the illusion of expanding a cramped space so that it appears much larger than it is. A full length mirrored wall, for example, can virtually double the size of any room.When a room feels larger and brighter, you feel less nervous and more energized. That’s far more conducive to doing your best work and getting the job done with less effort.
Another way mirrors are used in feng shui is to correct poor desk placement. The optimum situation is to place your desk in the “Command Position”. The “Command Position” is located deep inside the room,
with your back against a preferably solid wall and has an unobstructed view of the entire room, especially the entry door to the office. If you are forced to configure your desk so that your back is facing the entry point, this position keeps you subliminally ‘on alert’ because you are vulnerable to people approaching you and surprising you. You can’t work if you’re constantly being startled or expecting to be. Put a rear view mirror on your desk or computer so that you can see who is entering your space.