Room to Manouevre

by Dan Walsh

The importance of investing in space.

Having room to manouevre can make a difference in every aspect of life. It makes processes more efficient and creates alternatives that might not otherwise be available. It creates opportunity and is often a springboard for progress. I learned this lesson recently while packing for our upcoming move. Literally having very little room to manouevre made me realize just how important space can be.

As our apartment filled with more and more boxes, I found myself having to frequently rearrange or move these boxes. I needed to get to the newly blocked closets, or I needed room on the floor to fill more boxes. I didn’t have a lot of room to work, and as the towers of cardboard rose, so too did the inefficiency.

I was able to free up some space by selling a spare bed. This small amount of extra room gave me a staging area that improved my packing efficiency by at least double. The difference a few square feet made was phenomenal and caused me to wonder about other areas where a little room to manouevre could make a drastic improvement.

Stressful situations can be improved by room to manouevre. I touched on this when I wrote about my Open Loop Theory of Stress. Being overwhelmed by stress can blind anyone to potential solutions for big problems. Crossing a few easy things off my to-do list always frees up some mental bandwidth. Once my brain isn’t in a straight jacket anymore I have the energy  to tackle challenges that would have otherwise been impossible.

Business endeavors can be facilitated by room to manouevre. In fact, business has a specific name for this. It’s called profit margin, and it’s the space between revenue and the cost of goods. A healthy profit margin allows a business to spend money on new marketing campaigns and potentially tap into new markets or customer groups which will grow the business overall. It can also enable a company to take chances on new or risky product offerings. Google has a lot of room to manouevre, and they spend it on self-driving cars, wearable computers, and a cure for death.

I’m still feeling out this whole theory, but so far it seems like investing in space always pays off. Room to manouevre in one’s personal finances can mean the difference between developing professionally by taking a great job at less pay, or staying stuck in a rut because it pays the bills. It can mean traveling the world for a few months to expand one’s horizons and it can mean having the resources to help others. Sometimes it just makes packing boxes easier, but it always creates options, efficiency, and a powerful position from which to make the best decisions.