Think back to getting ready for a typical school day when you were younger. Maybe you remember your parents asking you to make your bed before you hopped on the bus? Maybe you remember coming up with a million different reasons as to why making your bed is such a pointless task?
It may be something that seems so minuscule but making your bed can set the tone for your entire day. In a 2014 commencement speech at University of Texas at Austin, Naval Admiral McRaven shared his thoughts on the importance of making your bed every morning.
“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day,” McRaven said. “It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.”
Here are six other reasons and ways this two- minute task can improve your day!
Sense of Accomplishment
Starting your day by making your bed can lead to a sense of accomplishment. By accomplishing something when you first wake up, it can ignite a positive tone for the rest of the day!
By adapting the mentality of “putting yesterday to bed and making way for the opportunities of a new day,” you will be able to increase how productive you are throughout the day.
Reduced Stress Levels
It is simple, a decluttered bed makes for a decluttered space…a decluttered space makes for a decluttered mind…a decluttered mind makes for a decluttered life.
Developing Good Habits
Once you establish a routine of making your bed, other good habits will begin to form. In addition, once you realize how quickly something as simple as making the bed and picking the laundry off your floor takes, you may begin to implement those habits in other parts of the house such as the living room or kitchen.
Improvement of Sleep Quality
Who doesn’t want their quality of sleep to improve? According to a poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, people who make their beds every morning are 19 percent more likely to have a good night’s sleep.
A Cleaner Environment
Everyone has bad days and sometimes the only thing you want to do is curl up in bed. By creating an environment that you know is already clean, you can simply relax. In addition, this new clean environment can potentially become your escape from reality.
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