Investing, Like Yoga,
Creating the perfect investing environment
By Danielle Town
When I feel overwhelmed, organizing has always
been my saving grace. Organize my stuff, and
my mind feels equally less cluttered.
One cold Saturday morning at home, as my
picture-window sunrise view was being filled up by
blue sky, I sat in my big chair and started to think
about logistics. Where and when would I practice
investing? In my yoga practice, I had my yoga mat to
ground me—as long as I got on my yoga mat, even if
only for five minutes, I considered my practice for that
day done. For runners, lacing up running shoes and
leaving the house is often enough to get going. What
was the equivalent of my yoga mat or my running
shoes for investing?
Investing was something I was doing on time
borrowed from other items on my to-do list. If I didn’t
have an inviting environment that would spark the
desire to spend time on my Investing Practice, I would
probably let it peter out as the other items on my to-do
list inevitably became more pressing.
Indeed, I had no investing environment whatsoever. I
didn’t have a home office, nor did I even have room for
one in my tiny apartment.
Marie Kondo, the expert on tidying up, says to
visualize in concrete terms the ideal space. I snuggled
into my big chair and stared out the window at the
stately university campus across town, as I often did,
and thought about what would spark the fire of my
practice. It would have some reminders of why I was
investing, it would have some useful investing props,
and it would have space for me to pile up papers
and other investing debris. I set about creating my
The Magic of Creating Investing Space
Every corner in my tiny box of an apartment was
spoken for. Marie Kondo was right, though: visualizing
did put what was most important to me into my mind.
I always gravitate toward working in the dining room
or kitchen—where there’s some energy, and some
room to spread out, and some snacks. Snacks are
very important to completing good work.
I decided my actual Investing Practice was going to
have to be done at my dining room table. However,
that meant my investing stuff would have to be
cleared off and tucked away, often, so I would fill a
box with investing paraphernalia to serve as a kind
of mobile office. Where my investing box was, my
investing office was.
I put a few talismans in a box to remind me which way
to point my intentions and my brain, along with a few
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