Have you ever wanted to find a new way to motivate yourself? Well, if you have—and if you don’t do this already—start making your bed every morning. There’s a sense of peace in it. It’s small and annoying and you may be thinking, Really? Making my bed will somehow fix all my problems? And the answer is yes, yes it will.

Make Your Bed

Admiral William H. McRaven

I read a book recently called Make Your Bed written by Admiral William H. McRaven. McRaven shares lessons that he learned from Navy Seal training and from his life. These lessons are key to living a life based on motivation even when you feel like you lack it. Basically, his message is about doing little things that truly make a difference, and he starts by telling you to just make your bed.

If you start off your day with a task completed, you will feel more accomplished than you have ever felt before. And if you already make your bed every day, then drink a cup of water, meditate, or read! Do something small that will make a difference in your day.

Practicing Good Habits

Entrepreneur making bed by window while working at home
Young woman making bed by window at home

I used to never make my bed. I never saw the point in it. I mean you are just going to get back into it at the end of the day, right? So, why bother? But here’s something that I learned after I started making my bed…I felt immensely better with my day. My perspective on it changed completely. If I could do that small thing, I could clean the kitchen, I could write an article, I could read 10 pages of a good book. The options became endless, and I found that once I started completing one small thing every day, I ended up getting more done in my day and making the most out of it. 

If I ever missed a day, I would feel unproductive and only motivated to just jump back into bed. I would waste my entire day away, and with the pandemic, the days just blended together. I never wanted to get stuck in that rotten routine of getting out of bed just to get back into it and accomplish nothing. So, I made myself get up and make my bed—even on days I felt like it was pointless. It’s something small, yes. But the benefits of doing it is life changing and perspective changing.

If you are someone who is working at home, I know that it can be hard to find the motivation to be productive. I know that it sucks to stay in one place for days on end and to not have that interaction with other people like you used to. But trust me, completing something small at the beginning of your day will make you feel better. It will make you feel more in control over your day. So, I challenge you…make your bed!

Do you make your bed every morning? How does it affect your day? Let us know down in the comments.

This article originally published on GREY Journal.