Once I'm dressed and ready, the first official task of my day is always making my bed.
Look, I know it might seem stupid at first - after all, you're just going to mess it up at night anyway, so what's the point?
I was in agreement with that philosophy for a while, but my life has changed since I started making my bed. Seriously.
And no, making my bed isn't what changed my life.
It's the mindset I've adopted since I realized the importance of making your bed. Your mindset is what drives you and what will determine your success.
Here's why I love making my bed, and why I think you should too:
First of all, if you want to achieve great things, you can't compare yourself to who someone else is today. Rather, you should only compare yourself to who you were yesterday.
You can't control anything or anyone besides the person staring back at you in the mirror.
Someone will always have more money than you, faster cars or a bigger house, but none of that matters. You can't compare yourself to them. Only compare yourself to who you were yesterday.
In other words, you should strive to make tiny improvements to your life every single day.
Even a 1% increase per day while compound FAST - that's exponential growth for you.
Making tiny improvements doesn't mean running a marathon or lifting a million pounds in the gym, either.It's making a tiny change. Thinking of the things you could do better, that you KNOW you can do better, and doing them.
So, would you rather have a clean room or a dirty room?
Exactly, a clean room is better for your mental health and sense of self-worth. Coming home to a chaotic, messy room isn't good. But cleaning your whole room can be a huge process.
Instead of trying to do a big task, start with little, tiny improvements.
Start by making your bed.
The next day, you can tackle the massive stack of papers on the desk you've been meaning to get to.
All of these little improvements will compile and propel you to become the person you want to be, without feeling sad when comparing yourself to who you perceive to be 'better' than you.
Here's another reason why making your bed should be part of your morning routine:
The success or failure of your first task of the day will impact the rest of your day.
Nail your first task of the day and you'll be confident and set up for success. Conversely, if your first task of the day doesn't go so well, you'll feel a bit off thereafter.
Making your bed is easy, simple, and quick. It's a task you can do right, every single time, no matter what.
Completing the first task of the day properly will set you up for success.
Lastly, even if your day sucks despite setting yourself up for success, at least you can come home to a made bed at the end of the day.
Once you start making tiny improvements to turn the chaos in your life into order, you'll be shocked how productive and successful you'll become.