“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. 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.”
U.S. Navy Admiral William H. McCraven 5/6/2014
I am a firm believer of taking the time to make your bed. Are there days I do not make my bed? Absolutely. With three small children (ranging in age from 3-5) outside of feeding, caring and loving on my family, sometimes completing the task of making my bed is all I am able to check off the list. Yet, not surprisingly, on the days I do not make my bed, I have a difficult time in productivity and clarity. Typically on the days I do not make my bed, I am behind both in time and tasks needing my attention. I immediately feel a sense of urgency and frustration. This changes my attitude towards my day mentally, emotionally, and physically.
Many times, people will say to me, “I just don’t have the time to make my bed. If I had to choose a few more moments of sleep versus a made bed, I will take the few more moments of sleep.” My answer, “I get it.” However, here is my challenge for each of you –
Wake up 30 minutes early each day for one week.
Start the coffee, open your window, let in the fresh air, and make your bed, before the day gets ahead of you. Start your day knowing, no matter where the day may take you, you will crawl into a freshly made bed. Give your bedroom, and more importantly, you, some well-deserved respect. So many people tell me their bedroom is not one of tranquility or rest. Upon entering their bedroom, the person enters a room full of clutter combined with feeling overwhelmed.
Do this for yourself – one week. You will feel more accomplished and satisfied. Many of you will make this a habit for a lifetime. Remember, to begin to live a simpler life more refreshed and renewed, you need to make lifestyle changes. Start small, give yourself an easy win, and make your bed.
“The way you begin your day sets the stage for the rest of your day.” – Emily Ley