I've always been a bed maker first thing in the morning. Even as a kid, I always made my bed without being told to. It's something about the tidiness and sense of accomplishment that I like first thing in the morning. It makes the room more complete when the bed is made.
In fact, Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Admiral William H. McRaven shared in a 2014 commencement speech at the University of Texas at Austin why making your bed everyday may be the best way to start off your day in this snippet of his speech:
It's the little things that count. We've heard it all before and we'll hear it again, but accomplishing small tasks each day can add up to big wins. I thought about my house when I got up this morning. It wasn't a disaster area, but it needed to be tidied.
The kitchen especially.
I took 10 minutes to clear the counter tops, put dishes in the dishwasher, and put items in the recycling bin. I went through the mail and tossed what we didn't need and gave Jack what belonged to him. After a week of sitting in the same spot, I finally took the scrapbook my dad and stepmom gave me down to the basement. When I came back upstairs to the kitchen, it was as if I was walking into a new room.
A few small tasks equalled a much tidier kitchen space.
And so it goes with so much in our lives. If we do the small things, eventually they will add up for us. However, we often quit before they become habits. I have no idea how or when making my bed became a habit, but it did. I don't even think about it anymore. It's simply something I do automatically everyday.
It goes back to the "why," our reason for doing something. If it's compelling enough, we will follow through with it. Although I didn't realize it at the time, my compelling reason was my desire for a win early in the day and a sense that I got something accomplished. As Admiral McRaven points out in the video, even if nothing else goes right in the day, at least the bed got made.
And sometimes that's all we need.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.