Here’s an exercise for you.
Walk around your “space” — cubicle, office, board room, or even your living room or bedroom at home (it doesn’t really matter “where”). Now, take note of what you find there. Where are items located?
Why are those items placed where you find them?
The point of this exercise is to help you realize that each item you find was placed there intentionally – the ticket stub from a concert, the rose colored candle, the pennant hanging on the wall by your bed – each of those items represented some time or place or relationship that was special to you, that’s why they are there.
Environmental Psychology is used to define how what we’ve put in our spaces – business, office, personal – affects us on a daily basis.
When evaluating those items, consider whether your relationship with them has changed. Do they still make you feel “warm” inside when you view them or are they just things you remember to dust now and again? How does changing items in our surroundings change our experience with life?
The Chinese call it Feng Shui, but every culture reacts to their environment with a specific understanding. I call it the “Pink Elephant” effect. When you consciously change your environment, replacing items that no longer support your new vision of “you” that you are creating – change of paint, wall decorations, where you place your “in-box”, all these actions give you a new perspective.
Remember that old command, “Don’t think about a pink elephant.” Guess what?
When someone says that, IT’S ALL YOU CAN THINK ABOUT!
So now that you’ve decided to add (or subtract) something from your environment – begin to map out a new plan of placement. Think of spring cleaning for your emotional, physical and mental body.
Is there magic in this? Nope. It’s all about awareness.
When you put an item in a certain place to enhance your relationship, for example, every time you look at it, it reminds you of your intention – the “Pink Elephant” effect. Your environment is a reflection of who we are and how we see ourselves – what is yours saying about you?
Is that the message you want to convey?
If not, then it’s time to adapt your space to represent the “new” you.
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