Make your bed every day. Maybe you’ve already heard how important the simple act of making your bed is each day. I can see how this would be a good way to start the day–getting things in order and beginning each day with a fresh start so to speak.
What I didn’t realize is that there are three types of bed makers and that each type has a lot to say about our personality and how our life might be going at the moment.
Nick Keomahavong, a Buddhist Monk, reveals how the way you make your bed or not impacts your habits. Keomahavong describes one group, that upon wakening, takes their time to get up. They may hit the snooze button a couple of times, look at their phone before getting up and will eventually slowly get moving. They may fix a cup of coffee, fix breakfast, scroll through their phone some more or watch the news before eventually begin the task of getting ready and then eventually make their bed before starting their day. If you fall into this category, check in with yourself and see if procrastinating describes your current life. Do you tend to put things off, thinking you’ll eventually get around to it? Are there things that you’ve been putting off for weeks, months or even years that you’ve told yourself you would do tomorrow? If you find yourself in this category, “I’ll start tomorrow” might describe you.
Another group pops out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off. They immediately make their bed before doing anything else. They then proceed to get ready and start their day. When they get to work, school, etc. they start marking off their to do list. They are the compartmentalizers and complete one task before starting the next. They know how to complete projects. Their day is fluid and successful. They get things done and don’t feel overwhelmed with things piling up on them.
The final group doesn’t make their bed at all. They might think, “Why should I make my bed when I’ll just be getting back into it again? Who cares?” They think their actions don’t matter but wonder why life doesn’t seem to work successfully for them. They may feel depressed, lethargic and victimized. They develop the habit of carelessness.
When you think about it, we spend a third of our life in our bed. The habits we form upon waking spill over into our everyday life. Delaying making our bed leads to procrastination. Making your bed first thing upon awakening leads to success. Not making your bed leads to carelessness.
If you want to improve your quality of life, start making your bed first thing in the morning.
For a more detailed explanation, check out Nick Keomahavong’s video here.