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What Making Your Bed Says About You

October 19, 2015


What Making Your Bed Says About You

There are two kinds of people in the world, those who make their beds in the morning and those that don’t. But does making your bed in the morning say anything about you?

According to some William McRaven, an admiral in the US Navy, if the first thing that you do in the morning is to make your bed, then you are a more productive person. Supposedly by starting your day with a finished task, you have set the tone for the rest of the day:

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. 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.

Having the discipline and self control to accomplish as small a task as making the bed in the morning is the first step to accomplishing larger ones, not to mention that having a tidy bedroom also makes you feel better about it - who doesn’t love that moment when you walk into a bed and breakfast or a hotel and the room is absolutely spotless? Making the bed immediately after waking up also helps to signify that the day has began - there is absolutely no chance of crawling back into bed after your morning shower for another five minutes snooze.

On the other hand, if all you are looking for is a routine in the morning to start your day right, why should it be making your bed? If you are simply looking for a task to accomplish in the morning, then why not make a really great cup of coffee? And yes, making the bed might just take a few minutes in the morning, but for people who work ten hours a day and have a ton of other work around the house to do, those five minutes might simply not exist.

What is the first thing that you do in the morning? Are you one of those people who immediately make their beds, or are you happy to let it ‘air’ for a few hours before crawling back into bed in the evening?


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