016. Why You Should Make Your Bed Every Morning

This simple task can change how productive your day becomes. Here's a simple way to build discipline and start your morning off right.

If you didn’t know - I’m a morning person. I wake up at 4 am Monday through Friday and at 6 am on the weekends. I like waking up early because I can get some of my hardest tasks done early before anyone else is awake and the distractions of the day begin. One of the first things I do every single day, no matter what time I wake up, is make my bed. This is weird - but hear me out. In a commencement speech at the University of Texas in 2014, William H McRaven, a US Navy Admiral, shared one of his tips to a successful life is making the bed every morning. By making your bed every day, you’re accomplishing just one small and simple task. That sense of pride and accomplishment, no matter how small, is the first step to a productive day. 

Making your bed does a few amazing things that I’ll run through, but this podcast isn’t about just making your bed. This is about productivity and discipline. Discipline is one of the most important things you can learn and use in business and in life. It’s the stuff that makes a college dropout into a successful millionaire. Discipline is the difference between a college football player and an NFL player. Discipline is what takes you from average to successful. And discipline is grown through small decisions. Every habit you develop, every choice you make, every task you complete can either grow your discipline or fight against it. Making your bed is a small, quick step to building discipline and making every day more productive.

  1. Making your bed makes it easier to not crawl back into it. If you’re trying to wake up earlier and be productive in the mornings, having your room be a little more clean is one easy step to success in the mornings. 
  2. In the Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, he says “Making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being and stronger skills at sticking with a budget” - your bed being made will not magically bring you more customers or fix your bank account, but it does lead to better habits in your life and a more disciplined mind.
  3. Making the bed keeps the dust, hair and other allergens away from your sheets. A bed that’s made also helps your room look cleaner. The rest of your room could be spotless but an unmade bed makes the whole room look half-finished. Making the bed is the first step to a more clutter-free living space.

Personally, I wake up, get my coffee started and take one minute to make the bed. By the time the coffee is done, I’m sitting at my table ready to start the miracle morning (more on this in future episodes because I’m a HUGE fan of this morning routine).

I’m going to end this episode with a book recommendation. I’m a huge book reader, this year I’ve been reading a book a week (technically I’m listening to a book a week with Audible, but you get the idea). This week I want to recommend that you read Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. It’s an incredible book and a great way to start building better habits and working on your discipline. 

Nora Conrad