And how you can go about doing it
Making your bed every day is an often underestimated, but very powerful habit to add to your arsenal. It might sound like a simple habit, but the impact this has on your productivity, mood, and life, in general, is huge.
This post addresses some reasons why every person should consider making their bed daily as an important habit to incorporate into their life. It also discusses a few interesting and creative tips on how you can go about adding this new habit to your daily routine.
How making your bed every day can improve your life
It starts your day off right
Think of it this way: making your bed the first thing in the morning can be your first accomplishment of the day. Checking off an item on your to-do list so soon in the day can be a huge mood lifter and set your mood for the day.
You’ll start off by feeling more energized and readier to take on the challenges life decides to throw your way.
It encourages you to embrace an organized lifestyle
In other words, having a clean bed will motivate you to keep the rest of your room organized and tidy. Several research studies have found that an uncluttered room leads to an uncluttered mind. It improves your productivity and keeps you in a better mood all throughout the day.
If you always kept finding excuses to embrace an organized lifestyle, making your bed every morning can be an excellent way to challenge yourself and start doing so. Small steps you take today can have a huge impact and help shape a better future.
It lowers stress and improves mood
You spend roughly a third of your life in your bedroom. Having a neat and tidy space where you spend so many hours every day can be an incredibly cheap, easy, and effective way to improve your mood and lower your stress.
A clean room not only looks good, it also feels good and has the power to make you feel like you can achieve just about anything you set your mind to.
How to build a daily habit of making your bed every morning
Here are some tips to help you turn this amazing habit into a daily ritual:
- Make it a part of your morning routine. That way, the moment you get up, your mind and body will be trained to expect making your bed as an essential chore.
- Get rid of excuses. They will always be there, but you can work hard to be stronger than them.
- Mark every day you successfully made your bed on the calendar. This way, you’ll have a string of marks that you’ll be unwilling to break at any cost. This is the simplest way to motivate yourself to keep pushing yourself.
- Download a habit tracker and mark the days you managed to make your bed. The app will give you notifications and prompts to help you stick to your daily ritual of making your bed in the morning.
- Get an accountability buddy. This can be your partner, spouse, roommate, or even a long-distance friend. Share with them how you’re trying to make this a habit and ask them to check in every day. Having someone to hold you accountable is a great way to start incorporating this habit into your routine.
- If you can’t find a friend to hold you accountable, you can always hire an accountability coach. These are trained professionals who will celebrate your small wins and help you stay on track even if you fall off the wagon a few days.
Remember: at the end of the day, one missed day in your habit-building journey doesn’t really make much of a difference. You’re only human and it’s natural you’ll make mistakes and slip up.
The important part here is to forgive yourself for missing a few days, pick yourself up, and get back on track. Don’t treat a single missed day as an excuse to stop this habit altogether. Alternatively, you can simply count it as a bad day and move ahead with new-found determination.