Like a growing number of Americans, I work from home. To many of my friends this seems like a dream. Yet like everything else, it has its drawbacks. It can be isolating and make drawing the line between work life and home life challenging. Working from home also requires continuous explaining to people like my Tias, who still haven’t grasped the idea that working from home is working. So when I still get calls in the middle of the day asking, “¿Qué haces?” or “What are you doing?” I have to remind them, for the umpteenth time, “Estoy trabajando.” or “I’m working”. It’s actually amusing in its consistency. I believe this is totally cultural. I know another Latina entrepreneur who faces the same challenge. Her family doesn’t really believe she is working from her room even though she has written, self published and is promoting A BOOK! For our mothers, tias and abuelas career success still means waking up early, getting ‘dressed up’ and going to an office. Full hair and make-up of course!
To be honest, I’m still trying to figure it all out. I still have days when I fight the urge to turn the tv because I want to procrastinate on an assignment. Mitigating these urges is why I try to find new ways to become more productive, organized and focused. So I’m currently starting a new ‘paperwork’ system that involves binders and an organization plan that will involve a glass whiteboard. We’ll see how that works out.
Another part of my new office plan involves increasing the positive energy around me. I’m a big believer in energy. So when our friend Jerome Abecassis at Divano Designs offered Casa Latina some tips from Feng Shui Expert Brigitte Beltra on how-to creates a stimulating and comfortable working environment that will encourage success, I decided to add it to my home office overhaul. And I’d like to share it with my other home-office brethren in a show of solidarity!
Do’s And Don’ts When It Comes To Furniture Placement In The Office
- DO place your desk so you can see clearly when sitting behind it. If you sit with your back to the door, you are inviting others to take advantage of you. You are also turning your back to the incoming wealth and blessings for your career.
- DO sit with your back against a solid wall or corner not with a window behind your back. Having a window behind you makes you vulnerable.
- DON’T sit in line with the door, as you will be in the path of negative energies.
- DO place your computer in the North or West areas of your desk to enhance creativity. Place the computer in the Southeast corner if you use it to generate income.
- DON’T have any mirrors in your office as they can reflect negative energies for clients and other people in the room.
- DO treat the files in your office with respect. They represent your past, present, and future business.
- DO keep the cords of your office equipment well hidden. They eliminate clutter and allow the free flow of energies.
- DO place your reference books on the left side of your desk, such as a dictionary, manuals, and any other items you often reach for.
- DO keep the back left corner of your desk clean, dust free, and uncluttered. If there is space in the back of your monitor for photos or posters, position family pictures or renderings of future projects. Those pictures should face you.
- DO place awards, diplomas, and certificates, centered on the wall behind your desk.
- DO clean your work area at the center of your desk for a healthy career.
Finally, your office chair represents your career area. Make sure it is ergonomically helpful for your posture and back. Keep it clean and dusted, with a floor mat that looks fresh and new.