When I first heard Tim Ferriss say that he makes his own bed every morning, I thought “what?!” In his podcast #105 Morning Rituals That Help Me Win The Day, I listened to him explain: it is something controlled and your first accomplishment for the day. I thought about it, read up on it and started doing it. Here’s why you should do it too & what it does:
The Theory Behind It
U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McRaven said in a commencement speech at the University of Texas, “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. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.”
Making your bed is an overall healthy habit and one you should teach your children. Making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being, and stronger skills at sticking with a budget,” wrote Charles Duhigg in his book, The Power of Habit. “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.
The Practicality of It
Besides it looking neat & tidy (even if your room isn’t), there’s nothing nicer than getting into a made bed after a really long day when you are tired. Some say that a neat bed even promotes your sleep quality! I can honestly say that although small, it has made a difference for me. My notes on the matter:
- Keep it simple. Ditch the top sheet & extra blankets
- Invest in a good quality duvet & pillow inners (click to see what I have on my bed)
- Opt for calm & neutral shades, like white, sand or grey.
- Choose a good thread count to sleep comfortably
- Bedding with a textured surface hide creases – LOVE this set by Country Road in stores & online currently