“I’m going to get back in it again anyways.” It was easy finding a reason or two why I shouldn’t make my bed. 28 years later, I finally figured out that it is more than about having a tidy bedroom or bed. Of course, like with any good life lesson, I didn’t wake up and see why it’s a good idea. A hint of inspiration and wisdom, which I’ll share at the end of the post, enlightened me to why making the bed could teach me a life lesson.
More so than having a tidy bed or bedroom, making the bed is an easy way to get up, begin moving, and feel motivated. You are literally starting the day off with one of the simplest tasks imaginable. Within minutes of waking, you make the bed. Then, you enjoy this sense of accomplishment and think about what you can accomplish next. That quick and simple action can start off your day in a productive way.
What a life lesson to learn.
It seems too simple, right? Think again. One action has the ability to spark another action. There are a couple of approaches to this. While in school or at work, considering taking care of the hardest tasks first. Knocking the most complicated tasks out of the way when you have the most energy can help you get through the end of the day when you might be more fatigued.
The second approach, similar to making the bed when you rise, is a surefire way to build momentum and instill good habit. If you choose to do something so simple that you cannot fail, you can gain some confidence and momentum to get started. This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t challenge ourselves or make everything so simple we can’t fail. But it is a great reminder at the start of the day that “we can do it.”
So there you have it. It took me a long time, but I make the bed now, thanks to Admiral William McRaven. An inspirational speech made its way around social media and I was lucky to see it. (I’m sharing it with no rights to the video or its content, by the way.) Did the words above paraphrase what the Admiral said? Mostly. But I wrote it anyway because I made my bed this morning.