Yes, you read that title correctly! Believe it or not, making your bed every morning after you’ve slept in it is more valuable of a task than you might have thought. People who consistently make their bed tend to be more successful and productive every day. Why? It’s due to the force of habits.
People who wake up and do something immediately productive set the pace for the day. Navy Seal William H. McCraven said, “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. 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.”
Think about everyone in the armed forces. They are required to make their bed each morning perfectly. Not because the military is uptight, but because the military knows each soldier has multiple tasks to complete each day. So completing one right when they wake up, motivates them to complete more tasks throughout the day.
If productivity isn’t really the only thing you want out of making your bed, then maybe this next case study will.
Apparently making your bed can increase happiness. It makes sense, if you are more successful during the day, you tend to be much happier as well. There is a direct correlation there.
If you would like to read more about successful habits, check out, The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg.
So, if you want to improve your productivity with just a small task, make your bed and see what kind of changes it will make to your everyday life.