The only time I ever, truly make my bed is after I’ve washed my sheets and comforter. Which usually happens on a Sunday. Because after a relaxing weekend, falling asleep on a Sunday with new sheets is a match made in heaven. So, I started reading and there are a lot of entrepreneurs and successful business owners that suggest making your bed every morning benefits your well-being.
According to U.S. Navy Admiral William H. McRaven “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 by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.”
Alright, Mr. McRaven let’s try this out…
So, I have a pretty basic bed, to make this more fun – of course, I had to buy decorative pillows. If I’m making my bed it better be Instagram worthy. I recruited my good friend Taylor to help me along this journey. (She’s really good at putting home décor together, and I could use all the help I can get.)
Day 1: Did you know that making your bed every day creates a habit. Which can lead to creating more good habits! In Charles Duhigg’s book, The Power of Habit, he writes, “It’s not that a family meal or a tidy bed causes better grades or less frivolous spending. But somehow those initial shifts start chain reactions that help other good habits take hold.”
There’s your little tidbit news. But day 1 for me was a process. I woke up a little earlier to make sure I had enough time to get ready and out the door on time for work. I wasn’t sure how I was going to incorporate this chore into my morning routine just yet.
Sure enough, I had enough time to make my bed, get my coffee and get out the door in just enough time to get to work on time.
Day 2: I still woke up a little earlier. Making the bed hasn’t become second nature yet. I got it done, and to work on time. But my bed was kind of a bore to me. So, I decided I needed to spice it up a bit and made my way to Home Goods and purchased some throw pillows!
Day 3: Today, I was mostly excited to coming home and having my new pillows and how awesome my room look. It was so inviting!
Day 4: Was making the bed changing my productivity levels? I have been more productive at work, was that because of the New Year…or because of my first task being done for the day. Hmmmm….
Day 5: Today is the last day, will I continue making my bed every day? Yeah…probably. I really enjoyed coming home each day after work to a nicely made bed. AND it made my room look clean when it truly is a chaotic mess through the week.
I leave you with a question if you could purchase anything for your bedroom to make it more relaxing what would you get? Let me know is the comments!
I now challenge you to make the bed everyday or pick your own 5-day challenge to complete!
Life Update: After making my bed every day for 5 days, I carried this habit into the weekend, and now I’ve made my bed every morning in January. I had a hiccup one day and didn’t have enough time to make my bed before work. I was disappointed in myself and it was something I kept pondering on throughout the day. That might sound crazy, but making my bed really makes me feel like my life is put together. It’s the little things that make all the difference.
Watch how my week went: