By Lisa Seppala, MBA, BComm, ACC, PHS (Adv Cert)
I had just popped my head through my boss’ office door. She had completed the final round of regulatory hearings and was readying herself to move on to new business. She was busy tossing papers into a confidential recycling bin, her office strewn with documents. “I’m nesting”, she said.
I remember that day, almost two decades ago, as if it was yesterday. And I remember it every time I wrap up a big project. That need to ensure critical files are securely stored, clear the desk of anything superfluous, organize my office space, and ready myself for the next opportunity.
Depending on the context, several definitions of the term ‘nesting’ exist. In this case, I believe the Collins English Dictionary captures it best with ‘the tendency to arrange one’s immediate surroundings, such as a workstation, to create a place where one feels secure, comfortable, or in control.”
To me, nesting after a project has become a ritual. I enjoy the comfort and security that comes with this ritual and the opportunity to reflect on what I accomplished. I look forward to that transition time when I sort my files with satisfaction and prepare myself and my space for the next adventure.
I’m curious – how do you feel when you complete a larger task or project? Do you perform any similar rituals or actions?