Making your bed seems like a chore that consumes time but which has no significant impact on your life. So why is it that in special forces training around the world, properly making your bed is something of the first things a soldier will learn?
Perhaps no one has extolled this virtue of making the bed each morning as well as Naval Admiral William McRaven, the commander of U.S. Special Operations.
"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. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed."
But it is not only about doing this first task of the day. It is about doing it well. If you can't even make your bed right, how are you going to run a complex SEAL mission correctly? If you learn to do the little things right, you learn to do the big things right.
Productivity is not something that shows up because you are in some special zone. You need to build up a working capacity by getting things done during the day. It takes momentum to build productivity.
Starting your day with smaller victories will help you to stack up the positive momentum. Through momentum, work assignments and goals will seem less complicated because you have built up and completed several tasks beforehand.
There might also be other positive effects of having a well-made bed. Bringing a little bit of order in your day of chaos can help to reduce stress and anxiety.
So if you are not making your bed every morning, why not give it a try.
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