Research Finds That Making Your Bed In The Morning Can Be The Key To A Productive Day
For many of us, getting out of bed is the worst part of our day. There’s nothing quite like leaving that fluffy-pillowed heaven when the shrill alarm rings and having to get up and adult. In short, it’s a drag. In the words of Dolly Parton, we tumble out of bed and stumble to the kitchen…often leaving our beds unmade. But, according to Popsugar, taking the time to do simple things like making your bed in the morning can transform your day from a bad one into a good one. After all, who wants to come home to a big mess?
Why does making your bed make your day better? Well, it’s all about starting off on the right foot. If you wake up, rearrange your sheets and pick your towels up off the floor after your shower, then you’re establishing a pattern for the rest of the day. Plus, you’re ensuring that when you come home from work you can relax, rather than worry about the housework. Not only that, but throw pillows and making a little extra effort when it comes to beautifying your bed can make a big difference too.
What’s more, giving your pillows the ol’ morning plump is actually recommended by professionals. Charles Duhigg notes in his book The Power of Habit that “making your bed each morning is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being and stronger skills at sticking with a budget.” According to Duhigg, daily chores like this are “keystone habits,” which in turn initiates a pattern of other good behaviors.
Having a relaxing bedroom space that’s inviting and calm (and pretty) can go a long way. Bedrooms are often are inner sanctuaries, the places we dress, sleep, and do most of our self-care. A gorgeously made-up bed is not only good for your mental health, but will likely help you sleep better too. Plus, it doesn’t have to take a long time. You might be wondering how on earth you can possibly cram any more into your morning routine without getting up at 5 am, but realistically making your bed will take you less than 3 minutes.
Put on the coffee, walk back into your bedroom and do some bed making. By the time you’re done, your Americano will be freshly brewed and ready to drink. Really, there’s no downside here.
Do you have a morning routine that kicks off your day? Let us know in the comments!