Why You Should Make Your Bed in the Morning – The Small Things Are the Big Things

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What do you do after waking up? Do you make your bed in the morning? Or do you let it stay messy until you crawl back into it in the evening? Whatever the case may be, this article talks about why you should make your bed in the morning.

Make Your Bed

The small things we do ARE the big things because they make up our entire daily routine. What we do on a consistent basis screams back at us who we are as a person. It molds our character and thus determines our destiny.

Therefore, you want to stop doing the things that are hurting your growth and put more energy into the ones that augment and empower you.

The first thing you need to do is making your bed every morning.

I used to be in the military and we had to make it near-perfect – all the corners tucked in, everything pulled out as much as possible, no folds and so on. But you don’t have to go that OCD with it.

Reasons to Making Your Bed in the Morning

Why is making your bed important?

  • It develops self-discipline and consistency – doing something every day no matter what.
  • It gives you momentum – it’s one thing you can get done immediately after waking up. Then you’re more likely to carry on doing the things you know you have to do and will thus win the day.
  • It’s good to look at, man! – Your external surroundings are a reflection of your internal mind. True, but I still like to keep at least some chaos and disorder in my workspace as to condition myself to handle chaos but a messy bed is just a horrific sight.
  • You’ll look at your bed and get massive existential angst.“Oh…I should make my bed…” but you’re not gonna do it. Instead, you’ll procrastinate and push it off, which will begin to haunt you in the back of your head. “The bed still stands there demanding to be made…” 
  • Preserve cognitive resources and willpower – If you do it right after waking up, then you’re done with it even before procrastination has the opportunity to creep in. You do it and you can focus on other things more important, like how to actually be productive and accomplish your goals.

To overcome resistance, you have to make your bed first thing in the morning as quickly as possible.

Some Quotes About Making Your Bed in the Morning

Naval Admiral William McRaven, who was the head of Joint Special Operations Command during the Osama bin Laden raid, commencement in his retirement speech:

“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. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.” (Click to Tweet)

That’s the idea here – the small things ARE the big things because we are what we repeatedly do. Our actions define us and it’s our moment to moment decisions that will determine our success.

Daniel J. Boorstin – an American historian – said:

“As you make your bed, so you must lie in it.”

Which is a way of saying – you’re eventually going to have to get back into bed to sleep. If it’s a constant mess, you’ll have to go into a messy bed.

Looking it from the perspective of your behavior, it means – you’re the one who has to eat your own shit. Whatever you do, you’re responsible for the results and consequences of your thoughts and actions.

Importance of Making Your Bed in the Morning

Our brain is plastic, meaning that it can change its structure and neural connections according to the patterns it gets exposed to most often.

To execute any task, or thought, for that matter, you fire the appropriate neurons to finish it. As certain neurons fire under specific circumstances or situations, they get associated with those same circumstances and situations.

  • Every time you lie to yourself, you’re enforcing the habit of lying again.
  • Every time you check your Facebook messages while trying to be productive, you’re bound to do it again.
  • Every time you push past resistance and do what you’re afraid of, you’re increasing momentum to do the same thing again.
  • Every time you make your bed in the morning, you’re conditioning your brain to reap all the benefits mentioned above.

Neurons that fire together wire together.

If you do something in a particular way, always, you’re enforcing a neural pattern in your head and you’re more likely to exhibit the same behavior in the future. It becomes subconscious and that’s where habits get formed. Most of us don’t ever think about our own habitual activities, yet they comprise the vast majority of our behavior.

What this should tell you is that you as a person are what you do on a consistent basis. Every habitual response, activity or thought pattern is following the pattern that has been built into your brain through sheer repetition. You created them through doing certain things in an exact manner over and over again.

What’s even more revealing is that every small action or thing will affect the entire structure of your brain.

The Small Things Are the Big Things

As you do anything, so will you do everything. That is why it’s super important to be mindful of what thoughts you allow to enter your head, what actions you take, which ones you do not, when do you consciously lie to yourself, how you’re going to respond to random events and other people.

Everything you get exposed to has an influence on who you are and what your future is going to look like.

So here are some steps to make your bed in the morning:

  • After you open your eyes, don’t give your negative self-talk any chance to sabotage you. The best thing you could do is to not think at all – just act – and get out of bed ASAP. If you start thinking about whether or not you should wake up, you’re dragging momentum more on the side of procrastination instead of getting shit done.
  • If you struggle to get out of bed or have already fallen victim to your monkey mind, then remind yourself the reasons WHY you’re doing it. Of course, you can indefinitely follow your bad habits, impulsive behavior and negative thoughts, but where will that lead you? – As you sow, so shall you reap. If you want to accomplish something, then be willing to do the work.
  • Jolt out of bed and move your body. You’d want to make your bed right away, but doing a few jumping jacks, a few pushups or taking a cold shower will get you out of your head. Once you get your blood flowing, it makes momentum work for you again.
  • MAKE YOUR BED. How do you make your bed? By making your bed. It doesn’t have to look like from a magazine – just lay out the blanket, straighten out the edges, put the pillows where they belong and there you have it. It’s the practice itself that’s important here, not the particular results. The gains you get are more mental, rather than something tangible.

Make Your Bed – Win the Day

The idea of making your bed in the morning is based on self-discipline and consistency.

Our brain is constantly adapting to the conditions it gets exposed to. By following certain routines, we can put good habits and success on autopilot.

Having routines takes out the guess work and gives us a greater sense of control in our day. Use it wherever you can but don’t get too attached either.

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