Making Your Bed

I trust your week has been full of mental sunshine!

Even the sun is making more of an appearance in the skies here in the UK ☀️

This week is all about tasks.

Particularly your first task of the day.

Now you might think this is just too simple to even count.

But bear with me!

Your first task of the day is

To make your bed!!!

I know, it sounds ridiculous.

But here’s the thinking behind it.

Making your bed as soon as you get up means you’ve started the day by achieving something.

It’s a small, quick and easy win task that can set the tone for the rest of the day.

A day of goal-completing activities and ticking things off your to-do list.

And, if you’re not in the headspace for doing anything else, by making your bed you can at least say that you have achieved something that day.

It also prevents you from sneaking back under the covers to snooze a little longer after you’ve been to the bathroom…

There’s a brilliant commencement speech by Admiral William H McRaven (skip to 5.27) where he talks about this.

He says:

“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. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that the little things in life matter… a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better…”

Also, if you make your bed when you get up in the morning, it’s there waiting for you, all neat and tidy when you go back to bed in the evening!

(A quick tip for getting up as soon as the alarm goes off is to move your alarm clock further away so you have to physically get out of bed to switch it off)

Climbing into a nicely made bed in the evening is so much more relaxing than having to fiddle about trying to organise the covers right before you go to sleep.

After I’ve made the bed, my next task is to jump in a cold shower 🥶🚿.

But more on that another week.

I’d be interested to hear what your first task of the day is…?