You probably already have a ritual to ensure a great night’s sleep. It might start with washing your face and end with powering-down your electronics so you can crawl into your perfectly comfy bed. But what about your mornings?
Let’s face it, the start of the day can be hectic — whether you’re getting reading for work or making the kids’ lunches. But just like your evening routine sets you up for a relaxing night's rest, your morning routine should set you off on the right foot, too.
What you might not realize is that the key to a positive, impactful and rewarding day starts even before your first cup of coffee and biting into your breakfast.
Scientists, accomplished professionals and Feng Shui guru’s all say the same thing: making your bed is the best way to start the day. So, here’s why adding this quick and easy task to your morning routine might actually improve your day altogether.
Sets yourself up for other productive habits
New York Times journalist and author of “The Power of Habit”, Charles Duhigg, explains in his best-selling book that making your bed is a “keystone habit”. Duhigg says that the simple morning habit is correlated with “better productivity, a greater sense of well-being and stronger skills at sticking with a budget."
When you start the day on a positive note, you set yourself up for success in the rest of the day. Making the bed first thing in the morning can thus lead to making better habitual choices throughout your day. It is like setting yourself up for success.
Gives you a small sense of pride to start the day
Making your bed gives you a small sense of accomplishment. By tucking the sheets and neatening up the covers you’ve accomplished your first task of the day. Take that little spark of pride and let it light your fire for the rest of the day.
Fosters positive energy
Feng Shui notes that the most important piece of furniture in your life is the bed. This ancient Chinese system is all about how the objects we surround ourselves with can impact our energy, and making the bed is an important part of keeping a healthy balance. "When you leave your bedding in a messy heap, you will tend to muddle through the day until it’s time to fall back into bed again," explained Karen Kingston, a Feng Shui expert.
Reminds you that even the smallest actions have an impact
That sense of pride, now matter how small, can have a major impact on your day and future productivity. Hold onto that feeling and cherish it. It’s a great reminder that even our smallest actions in our own lives, and even how we treat others, can have a lasting impact.
It can help you sleep better
Science backs up our claims, too. The National Sleep Foundation conducted a study that found people who reported making their beds said they slept better overall.
Something to do with your partner
If you share the bed with a partner, making the bed together is a great way to connect during busy mornings. Tackling the first accomplishment of the day together can be a small but powerful bonding moment that further cements your partnership.
Because there’s nothing quite like crawling into a freshly made bed
Let’s face it, after a long day, there’s nothing like peeling back the covers to a tightly tucked bed with warm blankets and puffed pillows. There’s a feeling of neatness and cleanliness, and it almost feels like you’ve indulged in a hotel stay. No butlers to thank here, though - just yourself.