This has been a super-d-duper crazy 12 days for me. Yeah, I know, it’s crazy busy for everybody but seriously it’s been nuts. I closed on my new house June 2 (very happy dance) and Ruben (the fiance) arrived June 4 and we got to work painting and fixing up things in order to be moved in to the new house by today, only he had to leave Saturday for New York for business. Oh yes, and the carpet for the bedrooms, which was for sure supposed to be installed last Friday, was installed this morning. So I’ve been thinking a lot about building reserves (for extreme self care) and just hanging on to stuff (aka clutter.)
It was a coaching mentor who introduced me to the whole idea of building personal reserves. The idea is to take care of yourself and live in such a way that you have more than enough nutrition, rest, free time, exercise, self-development. The thing is, you don’t normally see the need for say, nutritional supplements/rest/routine until you feel so tired you can’t get your work done. Or, you get sick.
If you’re building reserves by taking more than the minimally-suggested care of yourself, you’ll get sick less often. You perform better, have more creative ideas and make better decisions faster. You also exude a quiet confidence, because deep inside, you feel taken care of.
I experienced digging into my own personal reserves with this move/house fixing past couple of weeks. The things that I do to take care of myself, like swimming, really have kept me going.
I had stopped buying my Chinese herbal foods a couple of months ago, for no good reason. I did wish for them — it’s so good to have a way to get your body excellent nutrition even when you don’t have time to eat!
Other ways to build reserves: stocking up on contact lenses, automating grocery shopping, buying tons of paper towels (if you have room.) It’s surprising, but in a good way, how having things taken care of helps you perform better, contribute more, and really be more fun to be around.
It’s not about QVC shopping necessarily, or buying clothes on sale that you never wear. It’s a conscious process, of thinking about how to take better care of yourself, so that you can take better care of your family, clients and other people who look to you for leadership.
Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Getting rid of clutter is excellent. Building reserves, which may involve buying certain items in bulk, is also excellent.
What do you do to build your own reserves?
I am thinking that those of you who have asked for photos of my home beautification process would add "camera" to my list of personal reserves. It’s on the list. 😉