A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a book written by a former Navy Seal entitled Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World.
The book gets rave reviews (1300+ on Amazon).
I have a penchant for reading messages penned by badass soldiers, so I ordered it and gave it a quick read-thru. It's a tiny book, actually, sort of like those little gift books your grandmother used to buy at Hallmark, when they had brick-and-mortar stores in every strip mall in America.
It's based on a speech Admiral William H. McRaven (US Navy Retired) gave to the 2014 graduating class at the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. In the address, McRaven shares ten lessons/principles he learned through his Navy Seal training and career (spanning 30+ years) with the military. The lessons include the usual suspects of any hardcore military soldier including: Life's Not Fair - Drive On! and Never, Ever Quit!
I really go for this type of stuff.
So, I woke up a few days ago, got out of bed and walked into the bathroom, the typical routine. Just as I tied my robe and reached for my slippers, I noticed my unmade bed. I make my bed daily, but I don't always make it before I drink coffee. I've been known to make my bed ten minutes before climbing into it at night.
I wondered, standing there in the dark of early morning, if making my bed first thing every morning would really make any difference. The concept McRaven puts forth is that making one's bed is the first thing we do each day, and if we do it well, we've started our day off right.
He's more eloquent, of course. You really should watch the YouTube video.
But....is this just one of those little anecdotes that sounds good in a commencement address but, though it stands for something in the larger scheme of things, wouldn't make an actual measurable impact in one's life?
In short: will the act of making my bed before beginning my day change anything....my energy level, my intention, my focus?
I want to find out. I've learned in life that sometimes the biggest changes, actual paradigm shifts, come from the tiniest habits. It's amazing the difference a small tweak can sometimes make. So, for the next 30 days (I'm on day 2), I'm going to make my bed before I leave my room. No coffee. No breakfast. No Internet or journaling or hollering for the kids to get up already.
Before anything else, the bed is made, proper and tight, pillows in place.
I'll report back at the end of the month.
Does anyone else make your bed before you get going for the day? First thing? Tight enough to flip a quarter?