It’s 6:30 a.m. and my alarm starts going off.
How is it morning already? Seriously.
I press snooze, hoping that my alarm (and the day) will just go away.
My alarm goes off again, and I just roll out of bed, eyes still half way closed.
I guess it’s time to start the day.
Now that I’m a few minutes behind, I’m rushing to get ready so that I can get out the door.
I leave the house frazzled. Just over it already, thinking about how I can’t wait to get back home (those thoughts were in my mind before I even left) and promising myself that I’ll sleep earlier tonight.
That used to describe at least 3 to 4 of my mornings each workweek, if not 5 out of 5.
Maybe, it sounded all too familiar to you too. For some, it may be the reason you’re in the mood you’re in while you’re reading this.
The Most Successful People Have One Thing in Common
Almost a year ago, when I started studying the habits of the most productive and successful people, I saw one recurring trait. All of them had a morning routine.
It dawned on me that maybe I needed one. I mean, I want to be productive and successful, so maybe I should be doing what they’re doing.
So, I began my quest to figure out a routine that works for me.
After months and months of trial and error, I found something that sticks.
I Must Do This Every Morning
Every day for the past 8 weeks, I’ve done this one thing every morning.
And, it’s so simple: I make my bed.
You may have just smacked your lips or side eyed your screen – no hard feelings. This simple task has made me feel more organized in so many ways.
I’ll be honest, I never used to make my bed.
Maybe because my mother forced me to make my bed so much (every single breathing day) when I was younger that when I got older, I subconsciously decided enough was enough. Sorry mom.
So, when it was suggested to me that I try adding this to my morning routine, I gave in.
The effect it has on my outlook each day has been unexpected. One day, I decided not to make my bed just to see if I was exaggerating the benefits.
I remember coming home in the evening and seeing my bed not made. Instantly, my room felt messier and my apartment felt even more disheveled than usual. I immediately felt like my life was all over the place. I kid you not.
Now, I make my bed regardless. Even if I’m rushing, I’ll make my bed. If I happen to leave the house without making it, I’ll make sure to do it as soon as I return.
Tim Ferriss, one of my favorite authors, put it this way: “No matter how your day is, no matter how catastrophic it might become, you can make your bed. And that gives me the feeling, even in a disastrous day, that I’ve held on and haven’t fallen. There is at least one thing I’ve controlled. At the end of the day, the last experience you have is coming back to something that you’ve accomplished.”
At the end of the day, the last experience you have is coming back to something that you’ve accomplished.Tim Ferriss, Tools of Titans
Maybye you’re not a rebel like me, and you already make your bed every day. Cookies and ice cream for you!
The Little Things Actually Do Matter
The point is that we don’t always have to take a huge leap of faith and make a major life decision in order to effect change and growth in our lives.
Sometimes it’s just the little things. It’s the little decisions you make every day that will lead you to becoming the person you want to become. It’s never really about the big hoops and loops we overcome. It’s the small things we do in the midst of everything we’re going through that ultimately define us.
So, if making your bed is not your thing, or if it’s already something you do every day, figure out something else you can do each morning to impact your day and to get you started in the right direction.
I also try to read a scripture every morning and I try to take 2-3 minutes to positively visualize my day. On an extremely good day, I work out for 10 minutes to get my heartbeat going and to gain energy before I start my day.
Some days, you’ll slip up & that’s ok. I don’t get to do everything in my morning routine every day. But the best days tend to be the days when I able to do at least 2-3 things in my routine.
So, pick something that sounds interesting to you and do it for 7 days. Try it and if it doesn’t have an effect on you, stop doing it. Try something else, until you find a routine that works for you.
The only way to figure out what you like to do is by trying new things. Create a morning routine that positively impacts your day and I guarantee you that you’ll have more fulfilling days, regardless of what each day may bring.
If you already have a morning routine that works for you, what do you do? I’d love to hear it and maybe even try it out!