Kick-start your day with a clean mind and a bed that’s made.
How do you develop a good, sustainable work ethic?
People normally tell you “set a goal” or “you need a vision” or “think big!”
Then most of us start following it and run out of steam. The task just seems so overwhelming, and we are distracted all the time.
I certainly was one of them.
In the past, I would set myself a goal: lose weight, never be late again, finish the work before deadline – and then I’d never bring up enough discipline to actually follow through.
And why not?
Because if I don’t have my own stuff in order, how could I hope to achieve anything beyond that?
Good resolutions failed because their fundament was shaky.
Until one day a friend posted a video on Facebook:
In it, Admiral William McRaven gave the 2014 commencement speech at the University of Texas at Austin. He detailed several steps that he learnt and that have guided him through his life. The first of those was:
Always Make Your Bed.
This simple task makes sure that you have accomplished the first task of the day directly after waking up.
(You can check the complete speech with more awesome advice here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxBQLFLei70)
“Always make your bed” accomplishes several things:
#1 – It gets your day going.
By starting small, you don’t have to climb an overwhelmingly high mountain. It’s also unlikely you wear yourself out doing it. Yet, you already have achieved something.
#2 – It sets a precedent for the rest of your activities.
If you have already done something, you don’t want to let the rest of your day go unorganized. You invested into your day. Now you wanna keep going on that trajectory.
#3 – It cleans up your mind.
Can you think when you have thousand different thoughts running through your head? I certainly can’t. And worse yet, if your environment is chaotic, you need extra focus to clear your mind, focus that you can’t use for really thinking about the problem at hand.
Thus, if the first memory of your day is a clean and made bed, you will be that much more eager to kick-ass and get to the next task.
And what’s even more – imagine a day where everything is so overwhelming that you can get nothing done.
For me, those days are the ones I am most likely to break the habits I want to internalize.
I might not do the workout, I forget to drink my juice, I am not working efficiently – in brief – things just spiral out of control.
But if that happens to YOU now, you know that by the end of the day, you don’t need to worry about an unorganized home.
You can literally take refuge in your bed room, pour yourself some tea/wine/whiskey, take your favorite book or TV show on your tablet, kick back and just breathe. Things may be chaotic out there, but at home, you are safe.
“Always make your bed” is the first step in good habits that you can use to get your day going.
And what comes then?
The Happiness Habit: http://lifesciencementor.com/happiness-habit/