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How your desk is oriented can directly affect how you feel at work. It can mean the difference between having an upbeat attitude or feeling like you´ve got writer´s block.
A company once had me do a study of their employees because they routinely hired vibrant, full-of life individuals, but after a few weeks at work these people appeared lethargic and unable to carry out their job with vigor and enthusiasm. One of the keys I found there was that many of these new employees had their desks facing a wall.
"I´ve hit a wall."
Think of the expression: "I´ve hit a wall." We say this when we mean, "I can´t go any further; I´m stuck." The creative channels are blocked. A wall in front of you with your back open to the room can make you unconsciously feel exposed or insecure; no one can concentrate their best this way, and often work performance suffers.
Many of my clients reorient their desks and find the new direction makes a huge difference. The best situation is to have your back to a wall with an open vista in front of you. Many creative people situate their desks in front of a window or at least facing into the room.
Why? The body naturally takes in information through the front -- your eyes, nose, and even your ears face forward. This is the body´s way of reaching into the world for impressions and ideas. Some people call it day dreaming. Likewise, the mind´s way of creating new solutions often depends on intuitive thinking -- you can enhance this process by keeping the space in front of you open rather than abutting a wall. Physically, having a wall behind your back gives you a feeling of control and empowerment.
I find that people who don´t have this kind of arrangement often get up and do their best work somewhere other than their desk. Chances are, without even thinking about it, they are relocating to a place that has the optimal characteristics: open in front of you, wall behind you.