I know, I know! But hear me out! When your day is going to shit, and you feel like you have done nothing right, wouldn’t it be nice to have one thing that you know you got done? That is what making my bed every morning has done for me, and as an added bonus I get to get into a made bed every night!
I might be alone in this, but I love having my bed made, and ready for me at bedtime! I swear I sleep better, and it makes my day better overall as well because I see the bed a lot (my office is in the bedroom). So walking by it multiple times a day, seeing it unmade, I don’t know it just makes the atmosphere in my space better.
It can sound a little silly, but this has been a very impactful habit for me, and it is totally not something that is intrinsic for me either. I started doing this during Simplified by Emily Ley’s Simplicity Challenge this January and I did not think it would make that big of a difference, but it does!
Now, I do NOT get around to doing it every single day, and I don’t always do it at the crack of dawn either. But I aim to get it done the majority of the time, but of course there are still days when I say “fuck it!” and that is ok also.
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy either, I mean look at my bed, it’s nice and all, but it’s not something you’d see in any decor magazine that is for sure! I love it because it looks decent, is comfy and take all of 60 seconds to make each morning.
I literally wake up, get out of bed, turn around and put the bed back together. This aligns the habit I am trying to make – making the bed each morning – with one I already have and know will not change – waking up in the morning.
That is my #1 tip for anyone trying to set new habits, associate them with an existing habit you know will not change. If you always eat lunch at exactly 12pm and always have, and you want to start the habit of taking your vitamins every day, associate taking your vitamins with lunch. This method allows us to ride the coattails of an intrinsic habit to create a new one!
Especially if you are a Rebel, type 8 person like myself! I cannot tell myself I “have” to do something, that is a sure fire way to NOT do it. Instead I say I am going to start making the bed when I wake up, once that habit is set it because more or less part of a typical routine and I don’t’t have to think about it anymore.
What daily routines do you have that could help you set new habits you are struggling with? Let me know in the comments below!