If you’re anything like me, you probably stopped making your bed the second you went to college and your parents could no longer force you to. I’ve never lived life according to the “early bird gets the worm” adage, so the thought of doing something even mildly productive within the first 10 minutes of waking up has always proven to be too much. Until I listened to the now viral graduation commencement speech given by Navy Seal Admiral William H. McRaven, that is.
“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day,” says McRaven. “[Making your bed] will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. … So if you want to change the world, start off with making your bed.”
This anecdote is further substantiated by a recent Business Insider article, which details the many benefits associated with completing the very first task of the day. BI cites writer Charles Duhigg, a former New York Times journalist and author of the popular book The Power of Habit. Duhigg refers to making your bed as a “keystone habit” with the potential to give rise to “chain reactions that help other good habits take hold” throughout the day.
If anything, this habit is more about honing your sense of self-control, as evidenced by Duhigg’s claim that those who make their bed have “a greater sense of well-being and stronger skills at sticking with a budget.” If a one-minute task can set the stage for daily productivity, we think it’s definitely worth trying.
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