I'm only four days into this but I hope to keep it up FOREVER. Yeah. That's a huge commitment. Like a marriage or something. ;-) Last week, one of the fabulous people I follow on Instagram posted about the act of making your bed every day. I'm not that person. Never have been...now I may be! She said that if you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day.
Hmm. That's pretty cool. I had never thought of it that way before. And by accomplishing this task, it will give you a small sense of pride and encourage you to do another task, and another, and another...
FYI: This beautiful bed isn't mine, unfortunately.
If you know me, you know I like taking on challenges. So, here's how it went down. I made my bed four days ago and my daughter walked by, did a one-eighty, and came into my room with a super-confused look on her face. "Is someone coming over?" For the record, the only time I ever make my bed is when we have company, which is kind of funny since company never comes upstairs to see my room. But they could, and then they'd know my room's a mess!
I told her about this being a new goal and the sense of accomplishment I have at completing it just minutes into my day. I got the teenage eye roll and she left my room. It took my husband two days to notice the difference. His response, "It's a waste of time." Time, you say. Well, I timed how long it takes to make our king-size bed with seven pillows, one which always ends up on the floor on my husband's side.
Twenty-eight seconds. Granted, that was on day one when I was super-excited for my new daily task. Now it takes about thirty-nine seconds. Still, even with my slowing time, I'm pretty sure I'll be able to fit it into my busy schedule that's sure to come back.
And I have to say, I'm pretty darn proud of myself for making my bed FOUR DAYS IN A ROW! It sounds super-cheesy, but I'm actually pretty proud of myself for making my bed. Now, the pressure is on. The entire house (and now YOU) will know the moment I fail to stay true to my word and accomplish this quite simple first task of the day.
Really, though, it's about routine. Whether it be exercise, drinking enough water, remembering to walk to the mailbox to get the mail (oops. How many days has it been???), routine is important. Spontaneity is awesome as well, but it's important to have some basic routines in your life, especially if you're working on goals.
And especially if you're quarantined at home. So, tell me. Do you make your bed every day?