Welcome Debra Jarvis - Feng Shui and the Workplace

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Welcome Debra Jarvis - Feng Shui and the Workplace

Postby Barbara Gabogrecan » Sun Dec 04, 2011 12:08 pm

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Our last expert for 2011 is Debra Jarvis of IPS Consultancy Australia. Debra will be discussing the interesting topic for most home based businesses, ‘How to optimise your workspace and what you need to consider in preparing your marketing message to increase your odds of success’.

Debra is a Feng Shui expert and believes that Feng Shui should be for the real world. She is author of the publication ‘ABC of Feng Shui’ and is an accomplished professional speaker who educates and inspires her audiences.

Internationally, Debra is recognised as Australia’s leading Essential Feng Shui Practitioner. She is a strong advocate of the practical application of Feng Shui to Australian conditions while honouring the essence of its Eastern heritage. By re-positioning articles in our workplaces (in accordance with Feng Shui principles) we can change our business results.

Debra refers to Feng Shui as ‘Earth Wisdom’ and will explain the concepts in plain English for our members and readers.

This is bound to be an ‘eye opening’ set of posts!
Barbara Gabogrecan assists HBB's to market their business online
http://www.HomeBasedBusinessAustralia.org

Barbara is an artist specialising in silk painting; her video is on page one of You Tube http://youtu.be/1ZA9HObN_Go
http://www.SilkPaintingByGabogrecan.com/

Having survived a stroke and a brain tumour, Barbara wrote a book titled 'Thank God I Had a Stroke' to motivate and inspire others suffering from similar afflictions.
http://GabogrecanStrokeRecovery.com/
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Re: Welcome Debra Jarvis - Feng Shui and the Workplace

Postby Debra Jarvis » Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:55 pm

Hi there! :)

I've just spent the past two days away from my office phones and email off reviewing 2011 and planning for 2012. This is the best time of year to clean out the out the old which no longer serves the best interests of you and your business to create space for fresh vibrant energy (great business and bundles of cash). Yes I do understand you have promises of things to complete before Christmas! I'm also pretty sure you want to hit the ground running in 2012. Start thinking about the following ideas now and start by doing what you can when you can. You will quickly find that little things can start to help you be more focused, clearer and organized.

Remove Obstacles
Make your office area inviting to come into. In Feng Shui it is considered that opportunity flows to us in direct proportion to the ease of entry and the welcome that is experienced in our workplaces. This applies even when we are the only ones who ever go there. Only have items that are genuinely useful and that you personally care for. If you don't care for it, remove or replace the questionable item. Feng Shui tells us that everything is alive with memories, feelings and associations. What are the objects in your office saying to you? Question their origin, did you come by it because that’s all you could find at the time, are you still in a good relationship with the person who gave it to you, would something else be more suitable?

Condition Audit
Does everything in your office work and is everything kept in optimal condition? In Feng Shui it is very important that we either attend to the repair of items immediately or where we are not prepared to do this we discard them. An item that is less than ideal is said to begin negatively impacting after 28 days. And how many spare electronic leads and computer accessories have you got hanging around because they might come in handy some day?

Everything in its Place
It is important that all items have a designated place to which they are returned after use. Put things used frequently in the most accessible spots. Time spent working is much more pleasant when we can easily locate and access items when required. Consider purchasing a second stapler, scissors or any other item that you spend time looking for on a regular basis and reserving it exclusively for your own use.

What other ideas have you got to share and what are you going to do to get started creating a vacuum for greater success in your business in 2012?
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Re: Welcome Debra Jarvis - Feng Shui and the Workplace

Postby Debra Jarvis » Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:09 pm

Today let's look at Marketing through Feng Shui eyes...

The cornerstone foundation of Feng Shui are the 4 aspects of the Classic Configuration.

Opportunity - Security - Boundaries - Grounding

1) Opportunity: We make our environment (home/office/workshop) attractive. It's said opportunity comes to us in direct proportion as to how easy we are to find and that the quality of the opportunity is related to the attractiveness of the welcoming energy. (Visually - does it look attractive? Feeling - does it lift our energy? Do we feel good when we arrive?)

In our Marketing does our headline call out to our target audience? Does it highlight who should read our message and why? And how's our target audience going to find it? Have we identified the places they hang out and used a medium they will see? Have we designed our message to be appealing to the people we want as customers and that our business can serve well?

2) Security: We have a private backyard or courtyard. We are safe protected and nothing can get in or out except via gates or doors. Stuff can't be easily taken away by people who might like to sneak up unexpectedly. No one can come up behind us and bash us over the back of the head with a piece of 4x2.

Once opportunity comes in most of us want to convert it into profit. Do your target audience feel safe connecting and interacting with you? Do they trust you? It's important your copy the body of your marketing material speaks to your audience about their problem the reason they would buy from you. Do not try to sell upfront. People need to know that you can help them. They want to feel that they can trust you and they like to think you understand. The body of your copy should be building this relationship.

3) Boundaries: When our physical boundaries (work and home spaces) (ours and the neighbors (or council)' land) are indeterminate then in Feng Shui we say that there will be issues with the people in our lives.

Be clear about your offering about what it is and isn't. People appreciate honesty and it will save time consuming issues in the future. This is your call to action. Let people know what to do next and what to expect from you when they do.

4) Grounding: Have a firm foundation. In Feng Shui we say the centre of our buildings should be clutter free. (We will speak more about clutter later in the week.) For now; if it's past it's use by date then get rid of it. Create a vacuum! While you hold onto and keep stuff that's no longer serving you it's clogging up your ability to attract something different.

Get rid of marketing you no longer use. Sit down and work out a strategy for 2012 and plan and prepare now! Have a springboard ready to launch from that you can build on as the year ticks by.

Get professional help when you need it. Use a graphic designer and get fliers printed by professionals. The printer who offers to do your layout is unlikely to be your best choice. Getting good help costs less than you think and rather than looking like an amateur - you look professional. The same goes for your website! (And I'm talking Australian - not someone offshore you have to micro manage.)

Find someone who understands marketing and can show you a strategy that you understand and you can see will work for your business and how to market to your customers. If it sounds like hocus-pocus it probably is! Find someone who has a proven track record in sales and marketing with bricks and mortar businesses. An objective professional is invaluable :!:
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Re: Welcome Debra Jarvis - Feng Shui and the Workplace

Postby Barbara Gabogrecan » Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:18 pm

Some interting thoughts Debra. Your mentioning of clutter reminds me of a story in my 'other life' when I was a teacher. One weekend some students broke into the school and did a lot of dammage to one of the staff rooms (glue in books, trashing equipment etc). The only thing I found wrong at my desk was the typewriter I had beside the desk was missing (yep, I know, Typewriters.....what are they??)

The police investigated and asked us all some questions; then came back to me a second time. "I think whoever did this must have liked you as their teacher as there was nothing wrong with your desk". But I couldn't think who it could be.

Later the police found out who did the damage and in the process of asking questions, they asked "why didn't you do anything to Mrs G's desk?" They looked at each other and finally said "we thought it had already been trashed"

My desk was so cluttered that the kids each thought one of the others had aready trashed my desk!

I still have lot's of clutter, but clean it out periodically. I just seem to find it so tough to put time into tidying everything when I have so much else to do. And the old saying "I know exactly where it is" is true!

However, I do agree, if you can get the clutter out of your life you would probably be more productive and feel a lot 'saner'! I look forward to more information on this part of your discussion Debra.
Barb
Barbara Gabogrecan assists HBB's to market their business online
http://www.HomeBasedBusinessAustralia.org

Barbara is an artist specialising in silk painting; her video is on page one of You Tube http://youtu.be/1ZA9HObN_Go
http://www.SilkPaintingByGabogrecan.com/

Having survived a stroke and a brain tumour, Barbara wrote a book titled 'Thank God I Had a Stroke' to motivate and inspire others suffering from similar afflictions.
http://GabogrecanStrokeRecovery.com/
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Re: Welcome Debra Jarvis - Feng Shui and the Workplace

Postby Debra Jarvis » Wed Dec 07, 2011 6:33 pm

Great story Barbara!! :-) Sounds to me like there's lot's of experiences you could use in a book to help business owners stored up, waiting to be let loose :!:

Clutter, especially paper clutter is big for lots of baby boomers, and my dirty little secret is that this is something I too struggle with still! :-( It's the old 'keep it because it might come in handy one day' mentality' we inherited from our parents and grandparents who lived through the depression.

And very much like spring cleaning our homes - until you deal with it, you don't recognise what an adverse impact it's having on your effectiveness and your business outcomes. And we can think that an idea or a contact will revolutionise our business. If it's that good why isn't it done already or being done as a priority?

Who has piles of business cards, marketing ideas and miscellaneous paper waiting to be sorted and actioned? it's preventing you from enjoying your business and experiencing better results. You avoid new opportunities (and probably aren't even aware of it) out of guilt and obligation, because you haven't dealt with what you already have, and you don't make time to sort the stuff around you because it's become overwhelming.

Like all clutter clearing, getting started is hard! Take baby steps! Often it's best to start wIth the most recent stuff, as the longer something has been around the more difficult it is to let it go. Human nature! So look at and sort your current paperwork first! Progressively deal with the older stuff perhaps over weeks or months. Remember it took time to accumulate, consistent small steps till you are done is better than an overwhelming and exhausting session that you only ever do once.

Set a time limit it might be 30 minutes, it might be two hours.

Step 1. Sort into 4 containers - Toss, Refer, Action, File and when you're starting out a Dilemma pile helps you to speed up the process. You can come back to this one either when you have finished the session, or when you have done a few sessions. Like exercise, the more you do the easier it becomes to let go of the stuff that's holding you back from achieving your full potential.

Toss is the stuff you aren't going to do. Be realistic if you haven't taken action on it in the past 6 months will you in the next six?

Refer is the stuff you are delegating to someone internally or to an external contractor. Once again be realistic, consider your potential return on investment and determine if it's actually worth doing.

Action is the stuff you will do. Schedule time in your diary. You can only do so much and if it doesn't fit in the time available, let it go.

File the stuff you really do need to keep so it's not a 'waiting to get around to it' task, and you'll be so much more productive when your unconscious is not seeing it on a dally basis.

And as with everything in Feng Shui, the results are co-incidental. Do the thing, get the result, and take time to reflect and notice what happened.

If you recognise you need help, consider employing the services of a professional organiser. Good organisers are trained to identify different organisational styles and in addition to helping you with your overwhelming paper trail, will devise a system that works for you and you will still be able to lay your hand on exactly what you need, there will just be less of what isn't needed!
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Re: Welcome Debra Jarvis - Feng Shui and the Workplace

Postby Debra Jarvis » Thu Dec 08, 2011 6:36 pm

Step 2: Be consistent! Little and often will produce long term lasting results. Remember the Space Shuttle was only tracking directly to the moon 3% of it's entire journey. Congratulate yourself for what you are doing and focus on the future. Don't look back unless you want to go that way.

Clean and clear clutter a few minutes/day. One mammoth effort that's soon forgotten or only remembered in dread is unlikely to produce a long term positive result. Throw out food past it's use by date. Put newspapers in the recycling bin. Exercise your clutter clearing muscle - the more you use it the easier it will become and the more natural it will be to apply it to your office. Start today, make it a habit now and reap the benefits. A cleaner and clearer environment equals a mind that can focus and think with greater clarity pulling you towards what you do want!

I've been reading 'The Slight Edge' ~ Jeff Olson over the past few days and while i think his judgement of the shoe-shine woman could be in error - the remainder of his philosophy closely aligns with my own. Jeff talks about two paths, one living a life of health, wealth and happiness, the other taking us towards a life of regrets. It's hard to see any difference between simple everyday choices that determine which road we are on - often we don't even see that we are making a choice, that is until many years have passed and our life experiences add up to one or the other.

We can choose to live with or without clutter today, right now, in this moment, if you decide to live without clutter, then act on that decision and throw out somethng, anything, that constitutes clutter in your life. Below are 7 questions to help you clear your clutter out of your life!

1. Do I love it? Or am I holding onto this item/person out of GUILT and OBLIGATION?

2. Is it useful to me now? If not, and it is useful to someone now, then give it to them!

3. Does it reflect who I am now in my life? And who I am choosing to become or is it a reflection of where I have come from?……
And do I wish to recall that energy in my life?

4. Does it act as an environmental affirmation for me? Is it uplifting? Do my energy levels drop when I see the object?

5. What positive and/or negative thoughts, memories, or emotions do I associate with it?

6. Does it need to be fixed or repaired, (28 days) and am I willing to do so now?

7. If I moved tomorrow, would I choose to take it with me? If it is time to let it go, am I going to dump, sell, lend or give it away and if so how, when and who to?
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Re: Welcome Debra Jarvis - Feng Shui and the Workplace

Postby Debra Jarvis » Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:39 pm

Step 3: Turn your office into a Powerhouse of Success (and Christmas is an excellent opportunity for you to do this)

Move everything out of the area designated as the office, especially what’s stored in cupboards and up on shelves. There is no place to hide from Feng Shui eyes. Bring back in only those items that are relevant. Board Games and Baby clothes have no place in your office unless they somehow relate to your business. Evaluate the other stuff, do you love it, is it useful? If not get rid of it (sell, dump or give it away).

Clean Thoroughly

Steam clean carpets, vacuum the partitions, wash doors, walls and windows. Clean from floor to ceiling and remember the air-conditioning, fans, café units, workstations (including keyboards) and window treatments. Implement a regular maintenance program.

Set up Your Power Position

Place yourself in the power position. This is the position where you have a view of every entryway. Where you have a choice of places or directions, put your office chair in each position and sit quietly for a few minutes getting an idea of what it would be like to spend time there. The one that immediately feels right is your power position. When you set yourself up in the power position you have control in the space, your self-esteem will go up and you accomplish more. Try it for 28 days and if you don’t find any benefits (including increased business) then change the position.

Other

Maintain a clean desk and ensure that stuff doesn’t get to the floor. Have a designated place for sorting that is up off the floor. Table, bench or shelving all work. When we get down on the floor to sort, it takes longer than when we sit or stand. It’s like we get down amongst the stuff and aren’t as objective.

Question what you print and if it doesn’t need keeping, bin it after you’re done with it.. Consider scanning and saving electronically rather than filing. Use cloud based storage like dropbox or Egnite for backup and security.

Be realistic about what you are and aren’t going to do. Remember when you let go, a vacuum is created for better business to come your way! :D
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Re: Welcome Debra Jarvis - Feng Shui and the Workplace

Postby Debra Jarvis » Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:49 am

Additional Considerations:

Lighting

Use natural light as much as possible. Harsh white light is not optimal for working under. If you use fluorescent, use full- spectrum (daylight) bulbs. Halogen are a better choice where possible.

Plants

Plants absorb potentially harmful gases and clean the air. During the day they take the air we breathe out and recycle it. You can use plants in your office to improve the quality of the air to make it a more pleasant place to work. When people feel good, they perform better. It is important that the plants are well cared for and that they remain healthy and vibrant.
(do not use in bedroom, at night they will compete with you for the available oxygen, that's why hospitals remove them from patients rooms at night)

Water

Water features are another wonderful Feng Shui enhancement. As water symbolises opportunity and abundance, ensure that water is not stagnant and, if flowing, the fall is a full 360 degrees or towards the centre of the occupied space. In Feng Shui we say water represents opportunity and abundance, most of us would prefer this flows to us rather than passing us by and going to someone else.

Enjoy Feng Shuing your office, much of the information can also be applied to your home. Would love your feedback on how you go and what happens for you as a result of implementing some of these suggestions!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a very happy and prosperous 2012!!! :-)
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Re: Welcome Debra Jarvis - Feng Shui and the Workplace

Postby Barbara Gabogrecan » Mon Dec 12, 2011 9:49 am

I have to tell you Debra - I have never been a believer in Feng Shui, though my Mum does insist on her bed being positioned in a certain direction because of Feng Shui. But much of what you have written is so sensible and natural; I am impressed. Plants and water features are something that I do in my home (which is my place of business) and I feel really miserable if I don't have them.

I especially like your idea of removing everything from the office place and getting rid of what is not needed. I do this with my files most Christmas breaks. I literally look into every file (I have four 4 draw cabinets and one 2 draw cabinet) - then there are my shelves! It is a HUGE job - but I feel so much better when it is done.

When my kids were young, if they had not played with a specific toy for a year, then I gave them to a charity. It was one way to keep the toy problem under control. But I never thought of this as Feng Shui - perhaps it is the meaning behind what we do that has the Feng Shui culture?

I am concerned that you did not get more responses from our members and I intend promoting your posts after Christmas too. So you may get more readers and people asking questions or making comments then - so please keep your link open to be able to see when comments come in.

Thanks you so much for your time and expertise. It is greatly appreciated. I am putting some of your information into my Blog and will let you know when and where.
Cheers
Barb
Barbara Gabogrecan assists HBB's to market their business online
http://www.HomeBasedBusinessAustralia.org

Barbara is an artist specialising in silk painting; her video is on page one of You Tube http://youtu.be/1ZA9HObN_Go
http://www.SilkPaintingByGabogrecan.com/

Having survived a stroke and a brain tumour, Barbara wrote a book titled 'Thank God I Had a Stroke' to motivate and inspire others suffering from similar afflictions.
http://GabogrecanStrokeRecovery.com/
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Re: Welcome Debra Jarvis - Feng Shui and the Workplace

Postby Debra Jarvis » Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:20 am

Hi Barbara, Love your reply! :-)

To me Feng Shui is Earth Wisdom, stuff we all know and overlook as too simple and obvious. I suspect we all have a tendency to want a bit of magic, wave a wand and everything will change for the better in an instant. Some people have experienced these sorts of results with Feng Shui. Personally I think that they were ready. It was their time.

I think I mentioned earlier in these posts the book 'The Slight Edge' by Jeff Olsen. It really helps crystalise the benefit of taking small seemingly insignificant actions consistently. Most of us have heard that it takes 20 years to be an overnight success and the 10,000 hour theory.

Popular culture is promoting the concept of instant success. It's a myth, even those who are supremely gifted still have to have desire and dedication.

We are all successful at what we pay attention too. Part of the secret is to identify what we are focused on, determine if it's what we really want for our life and if not start making small changes in our thoughts and actions. Focus on what you do want and take steps towards it regularly.

Feng Shui helps us by examining our environment. To me it's the Yang of Self-Development. The Yin is the internal work we do on our thoughts, physiological responses etc. Improving our external environment using Feng Shui principles to guide us in little steps, combined with Self-Development over time has a big impact on how we experience life. Together they represent Self-Leadership, Individuals taking responsibility for their lives and understanding that we individually are responsible for our day to day decisions and where that leads us over a lifetime.

I've enjoyed posting on the Forum and look forward in participating in other discussions over the coming year. Thanks so much for the opportunity to share tools of empowerment that we can all use or not, remembering the impact of small actions over a lifetime! Kind regards and best wishes to all!!! Debra :-)
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