Making your bed every morning is correlated with:
• better productivity
• a greater sense of well-being
• stronger skills at sticking with a budget
Making your bed is what some call a “keystone habit,” something that kick starts a pattern of other good behavior. And since it happens at the very beginning of the day, you’re apt to make better decisions for the remainder of the day thanks to your bed-making routine (exercise is another good example of this concept).
Navy Seal and former U.S. Special Operations Commander William H. McCraven is a big believer in this concept and had this to say at a commencement speech at the University of Texas in 2014:
“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day.
It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another.
And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.”