For most of us the holidays are over - its back to work and business as usual. After the festivities of the silly season, it can sometimes be tricky to get into the swing of things and find the motivation to start the new year right. A quick google search will reveal that the second Friday in January is ‘Quitters Day’. This is the day that we are most likely give up on our new year’s resolutions. So, if you are already struggling to maintain your motivation for the new year, MiniJumbuk have one simple tip that may be exactly what you need to get back on track – make your bed!
When it comes to bed making, there are two main camps – you either do or you don’t. You either abandon your bed in a tumbled heap each morning thinking ‘It’ll be fine. I’m straight back in there tonight’, or you make it. Bedmakers will know the satisfaction that comes with taking the time to make their bed. You haven’t even left the bedroom and you’re already kicking goals. And guess what? If you only sleep with a quilt, that achievement has probably taken less than 20 seconds!
Completing a small, easily achieved job is a great way to start the day. With that small sense of achievement, you can look to the next project then the next. Stacking all those small achievements can help you to focus, boost your mood, and may even help to improve the quality of your sleep. Starting the day by making your bed means that, whatever else happens there is one small piece of your world that is neat and tidy, calm and uncluttered and will welcome you at the end of the day.
Naval Admiral William H. McRaven’s, is a dedicated bedmaker. His first rule of life is – ‘Make your Bed’ and he’s written a book with the same name. According to him, starting your day this way will ‘give you a small sense of pride and encourage you to do another task’, at the end of a bad day ‘a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better’.
See his address at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jflUvxQLkgs