Every day I wake up and make the bed.
This is not something I have always done. In fact, up until this past year, it is something I never did.
I always felt it was a pointless task. I mean, why make the bed when you are just going to sleep in it again in 12 hours. Seemed like a waste of time and energy to me.
Every day I participate in some sort of personal development, be it reading a book, article, or listening to a podcast. I don’t remember what I was reading at the time, but the author talked about how they have a routine that they do every morning. This routine helps them focus and get their mind ready for the day ahead.
One component of that routine was making the bed every morning. They reasoned that even if they don’t do anything else all day, at least they accomplished that one simple task.
At the time, I was in a funk. I was struggling to wake up and be productive. The simple task of responding to an email would sometimes take hours because something inside of me wasn’t clicking.
That day, this simple concept of making the bed every morning resonated with me and I figured why not give it a try.
So I made the bed.
Nothing magical happened that day. The sky’s didn’t part and a chorus of angels didn’t sing. I didn’t feel more productive. In fact, nothing changed at all.
But one trait of mine is that once I decide to do something, I go all in and do it.
So I stayed committed and every day I made the bed. It may not have always been right away in the morning. Sometimes it was just before going to bed, but I stuck with it and made this simple task a habit.
Over time, this habit began to change me, and making the bed began to to become a switch inside of me.
Much like Sylvester Stallone’s character, Lincoln Hawk, in ‘Over the Top’.
If you don’t remember this ‘80s movie, Hawk was a struggling trucker who arm wrestles on the side to make extra cash while trying to rebuild his life. Before he arm wrestles though, he would always take his baseball cap and turn it backwards. This was the switch that would transform his mindset so that he could arm wrestle at his maximum level.
Making the bed each day has now become that switch inside of me. Once I do that, I feel I am ready to be productive and tackle whatever the day throws at me.
Making the bed daily also has had some side benefits that were not readily apparent at the start. There is just something calming about climbing into a made bed that helps ready the body and mind for rest, my wife and I no longer fight and pull covers because one of us has more bedding than the other, and I actually sleep better than I did before.
Change usually doesn’t happen overnight, nor does it usually happen due to macro changes in our lives and habits.
Instead, change is the result of micro changes in our lives that often times results in improvements to our health, happiness, relationships, productivity, etc…
Making a commitment to ourselves to improve just 1% daily or weekly is a powerful thing. That 1% compounds on itself and improves our lives in ways we cannot imagine at the time.
Today marks my re-commitment to something I started back in April of this year, daily writings, also known as Impacts of the Day.
It is sometimes hard for me to open up and share my thoughts and feelings with the world, but I know this commitment to ‘Mind, Body, Business, Relationships’ is the next step needed in my journey of personal development.
Over the next several months and years, this simple exercise will transform me, my relationships, and my business in ways I cannot imagine right now. But one thing I know for sure is that whatever happens, it will be for the better, and I will not be the same person I am today.
This is why I make my bed.