I live by a couple of success principles: “finish what you started” is one of these.
If you make your bed in the morning, it gives you a feeling of achievement and completion. You signal to your mind that you ended sleeping and now move into a new state: being active and awake. I suddenly feel organized and in control. The two minutes set the tone for the remainder of the day. It may be small but it’s powerful!
My second success principle is: “always stay in a positive frame of mind.” I would like you to remember how you feel when you stay at a hotel? You enter the room and it’s tidy. It smells nice and right away your mood elevates and you also look forward to getting into the well made bed and getting under the white sheets. You can make this mood at home everyday! When I make the bed in the morning I like to spray lavender perfume on my sheets. I enjoy the smell of lavender again once I get into bed. That activates my olfactory senses and makes me smile. In the world of doubt, where everything can go wrong and schedules can change each hour, it provides me with the feeling of assurance. I know that I will come home at night and the bed will be made.
“Create routines and good custom sequences” is the third principle I follow. I believe in stalking Centurian my habits and making a series of positive actions which trigger one another. My present evening routine looks something like this: I take my makeup off, have a shower, brush my teeth, floss, take my day vitamins, clean up my room, I reflect on my day and see how I could have been more productive, make a list for tomorrow, review all I have learned during the day, read a great biography for 10-15 minutes, get in the bed and fall asleep.
I made this sequence to simply make sure I took off makeup nightly and applied night cream. When I took off my make up, I found a waxed thread on the counter and started to floss. I added customs one after another which generated a wonderful involuntary sequence of events. I don’t have to think about it. I just do it.
You can do the same with making the bed. Once you get in the habit of creating your bed, you can begin adding other things to it. For instance: take a moment to check around your room and pick up a couple of clothes. You’ll spend about a minute putting away a couple of things and be wowed! That did not take much time in any way!
Making the bed in the morning can become a cause for your morning routine. Make the bed, stretch, drink herbal tea, meditate, journal, exercise, look at your to do list. . It’s your call!
And it all starts with making your own bed.