If your desk is like the ones in this post, no matter how beautiful or well organized, the answer is a resounding YES! It is limiting your options and sabotaging you!
What can you do to not be stymied, unproductive, passed over for raises, clients or advancements? Learn to look at your space the way your body, and subconscious mind sees it, because THAT is creating your opportunities, or blocking them.
These simple steps give your body what it needs so you can thrive.
Your body is constantly scanning the environment to feel safe. Unless it does feel safe, you are operating from the ancient “reptilian” brain in a mode of fight, flight or freeze. When even if just part of your body/brain is threatened you don’t have access to the higher order thinking skills, creativity and immunity that is the body’s natural state trying to flourish, be creative, get those raises, jobs, clients and passionate life you deserve.
Here are changes you can make right now:
There is a psychology to space and placement and positioning. Your body understands how it feels powerful (not forceful, but genuinely power-filled).
- Your back is protected.
- You are facing the door but not directly across from it.
- You have a commanding view of the room.
- You have a “long-view” in front of you, preferably with the horizon below your belly button, if you were standing in the picture. This long-view image gives the body the sense of expansion, confidence and open to the possibilities of the future, an endless and hopeful horizon.
If you are facing directly into the wall, your subconscious translates as “I am blocked, I see nothing ahead.” When your back is toward the door, and facing away from the center of the room, your body knows you are vulnerable and that you don’t have the advantage of seeing before you are seen. Beyond that, your body is doing its stress move fearful that someone reading your work, evaluating what you are doing or even just having an opinion about it.
Bottom line: If you face a wall, you just don’t have all you need to have life be good and easy for you.
What to do?
1 Place your chair on the other side of the desk, with your back to the wall.
- Back open to the room and in the case of the yellow chair image below, the body is open to the doorway: the result is low-level anxiety, stress, difficulty focusing, fight, flight or freeze mode, inability to access higher order thinking and immunity.*
- Can’t move your desk?
- Place a mirror to reflect the space behind you, preferably something beautiful and inspiring.
- Also, no long-view and prints hanging randomly above the head: person feels small, subservient and not powerful.
Here’s a big tip: whatever the mirror reflects to you will be doubled to your brain. Be sure it’s not a stack of work, bills or something that brings your energy down. Place something beautiful, wealthy and something you love in front of the mirror. Be sure you can see behind you to the door to give your body the sense that it can see before being seen.
2 Allow space around all sides of the desk.. not up against a wall.
Why is this important?
The body reads and responds to size and freedom in the space it sits in. If the body is compressed, it will being to contract. If there is not free and ample space on all sides of the desk, that side that is compressed will begin to contract and you will be blocked on that side.
- Blocked on the right side, you will experience difficulties with left-brained activities: analytical thinking, logic, detail orientation, planning, caution, accounting, finding the right words, meeting deadlines.
- Blocked on the left side, you will begin to notice difficulty with creativity, insight, holistic thinking, emotional awareness and 3D spatial acumen.
We’ll look at how to light your workspace for greater success and health.
Our spaces influence our bodies and behaviors. Setting up the environment to nourish your success will allow you take full advantage of the time you spend “at work.”