Making Your Bed Each Morning Can Change Your Life
Let’s face it — no one really wants to make their bed in the morning. It’s just like how no one older than 7-years old looks forward to brushing their teeth everyday. But you brush daily (we hope) because it’s a common courtesy, and because it pays off in the long run. The same rings true for making your bed every morning. Spending the mere 2 minutes on fluffing the pillows, tucking the sheets, and straightening the covers will result in a happier, more productive you. If you don’t believe us (sure, we might be biased), take it from these three people who’ve attributed their successes and accomplishments back to their morning routine:
Author Gretchen Rubin dedicated an entire year of her life to make herself happier. She dubbed her daily venture The Happiness Project, a book you’ve probably seen at your local Barnes and Noble, and each day started the same. Yep — you guessed it — by making her bed. Why? “Making your bed is a good place to start, and tackling one easy daily step is a good way to energize yourself for tougher situations,” says Rubin. “Everything looks neater. It’s easier to find your shoes. Your bedroom is a more peaceful environment.” A clean room will help you conquer your day. Take her word on it. She did it for a year, and her book became a best seller.
But if you’re not looking for a little positive mental attitude, consider that making your bed everyday could lead to a string of new good habits. Charles Duhigg wrote in his book, The Power of Habit, that making your bed is a “keystone habit” which will set you on a good behavior kick and inevitably lead you to a more successful life. That, and exercising. But we’d much rather walk around our bed a few times to make sure the pillows look perfect than do an 8-minute ab routine.
And if that’s not enough, consider how some of the most well-respected men and women serving our country start their day. Admiral William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Ops Command, said in a commencement speech at the University of Texas that some of his most challenging missions all started with rising and shining. “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed,” he said. “If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.” And if you have one of those days that you wished you stayed home under the covers to avoid, “you will come home to a bed that is made — that you made — and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.” It’s hard to argue with the man who made the world safer.
Better habits, a zen den, and completing the impossible all starts with the first task of the day. Now go make your bed already.
Contributed by Carlos Mejia