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Renowned feng shui master Dato' Joey Yap offers tips on how to set up your home office for maximum success

These days, having an office at home has become more than just an afterthought. But whether you've transitioned to WFH permanently or are practising a hybrid working arrangement, how do you feng shui that space for success?

Dato' Joey Yap takes us through some crucial dos and don'ts.



How do you choose where to locate your home office in a home?

Feng shui is and has always been a “goal-oriented” practice. That means you must have a specific objective in mind. The first thing you have to do is identify what you aim to achieve as well as the challenges you are facing. Regardless if you are a business owner or an employee, different stages of your career require different strategies.

As a general rule of thumb would be to position yourself in sectors that have the Wealth Star (northeast this year) or the Nobleman Star (north this year). The former will help you boost your productivity while the latter can attract more helpful people in your life. Keep in mind, however, that when you’re using the northeast sector, have your back against this direction as it's the Grand Duke direction this year.

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Where do you place the table and chair? Does the shape/material matter? 

A common misconception about feng shui is that it has something to do with furniture arrangement. The truth is, it doesn't. What truly makes it work would be to do the right thing at the right place at the right time and the table or chair merely helps you facilitate that goal. Put simply, as long as you’re in the correct sector, the table or chair doesn't really matter.

That said, the ideal scenario is to have your back against a solid wall and to ensure there’s no ceiling beam above you. It’s also generally a good idea to avoid facing the door directly or have sharp-edged corners pointing directly at you.

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Where should the door/windows be? Any rules for window dressing?

For doors, it shouldn’t be directly facing the sitting position. The door also has to be immediately accessible and spacious in order to allow energy to flow freely. What this means is that in the area near the door (outside and inside), there should be minimal obstruction. If you can access the place in and out naturally, then the flow of energy would be good.

As for the windows, you generally don’t want them to be at the back of your working area. Windows in general aren’t considered to be a “solid backing” and as a result, it may cause more feelings of insecurity and anxiety. While it’s best not to back yourself against it, you can still cover the windows with thick curtains whenever you use the area to lessen this issue.

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Any rules about where you should place your laptop/computer?

There isn’t a specific rule. However, in feng shui, there’s the annual influence as well as a so-called personal influence. For example, the southeast sector contains Star 4 this year. Thus, anyone who’s staying or working in this sector will have an advantage in terms of learning or picking up a new skill regardless of who they are. This applies to everyone.

As for what applies to you personally, it’s considered to be your personal eight directions (Eight Mansions Formula) each with its own purpose and effect. It’s calculated based on your year of birth and varies for different individuals. The Life Generating Direction, for instance, would be ideal if you wish to have more energy and a boost in productivity.

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Are there any tips to maximise productivity?

When you’re working from home, it’s very easy to get distracted or get your personal and professional life mixed up. For this part, you have to establish some ground rules for yourself. For each and every sector, designate a certain purpose and rule.

Let’s say you designate one area to be your working area. In this area, you only work. No entertainment, no distractions, no eating. You’re free to do so if you want to, just don’t do it in this area. Likewise, when you’re in the designated entertainment area, you focus on relaxing and rejuvenating.  Of course, you can align these different places to the feng dhui of your house.


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