Did you know that you spend roughly ⅓ of your life in your bedroom? It’s crazy to think about, but it's true. And doing something as simple as making your bed can make all the difference. It’s very hard to feel calm and relaxed when you’re surrounded by clutter and disorganization. Think about it; is it easier to work when your desk is piled up with paper, files, and other random things, or when it’s nice and tidy and everything is in its place?
Obviously you’d prefer to have a clean work environment, and your bedroom is no different. There are several benefits that come from simply making your bed every morning, here's a few:
- Start your day off right by accomplishing your first task of the day
- Gives you a sense of pride and encouragement
- Helps to reinforce the finer details in life
- Helps you form good habits
That last one is huge. Forming good habits is one of the best things we can do to improve our overall lives. It may seem like a small and unimportant thing to do, but it can have a snowball effect that makes you think about all the other small things you could be doing right.
Admiral William McRaven wrote a book detailing why making your bed is so important, and this is what he had to say about the small things; “if you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right. And if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made — that you made.” I would strongly encourage everyone to read his book Make Your Bed, it will really make you think about all the little choices you can make to improve yourself. Doing the small things the right way will give you a confidence boost, and you’ll feel good to start the day. And even if you have an awful day at work, you can come home with a sense of pride, knowing that your bed will be made, and that you were at least able to do one thing right.