How many times did you hear this phrase growing up? I hate making my bed and hardly ever do. What’s the point? No one except me sees it. (I do make it when I have company over). It’s just going to be unmade again later that night. In the mornings our dog Maggie remains sprawled out on it like the Queen of Sheba – making it impossible to make anyways.
This was my attitude before I read that the simple act of making your bed in the morning can lead to happiness, productivity, and profit! Yes, this 2 minute chore is supposed to have major benefits!
Back at the beginning of October, I vowed to make my home a happier place. I finally made strides this weekend, discarding bags of unused bath products, clothes, and files. It’s hard for me to part with sentimental things, but in the end it was a relief. But, simply making my bed on a daily basis just may turn my difficult path t enlightenment into easy street!
In his book, The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg explains that daily bed making is something called a Keystone Habit – habits that are catalysts for larger, positive habits. Duhigg states, “Making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being, and stronger skills at sticking with a budget. It’s not that a family meal or a tidy bed causes better grades or less frivolous spending. But somehow those initial shifts start chain reactions that help other good habits take hold”.
Basically, making your bed will help you pave the way to a life full of positive and productive habits.
I’m not so sure on the sticking to the budget part yet but I’m sold on being productive! I’m going to test this theory out for the next two weeks. So, go ahead and gloat Mom. You were right.