I admit, I haven’t made my bed for years, I figured no one sees it but my husband and I, so what’s the big deal. (Sorry mom!) I never thought about my unmade bed during the day, and I never considered how not making the bed could affect my mental well-being or my ability to accomplish the little things.
Until I saw this video of Navy Seal Admiral, William H. McRaven talking about how important it is to make your bed in the morning to help feel accomplished.
After watching that I realized how true his statement is. Most things that I work on daily, for work or family, are long-term projects. I don’t get to put little check marks next to things I have completed on a daily basis. I get stuck thinking that I am not making a difference and that nothing gets accomplished.
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.-William H. McRaven
So I started making the bed.
It has changed my outlook. I have accomplished making the bed and I start the day by checking something off the list. I may not get anything else done, but at least I have a small victory.
And if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made, that you made. And a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.-William H. McRaven
When I head to bed at night thinking about everything that I didn’t get done, I look at my nicely made bed and I feel a sense of pride. I did get something done that day. (Makes it really easy to ignore the unpaired socks in the corner!)
I still have a way to go until this has become a habit, but the feeling of accomplishment is enough to keep doing it.