he world is divided into two, especially in the morning: there are those who set a single alarm (or none at all) and get up instantly and those who hit the snooze button every ten minutes hoping that finally the next ring will manage to make them get out of bed, those who hang toilet paper in the “over” position, and those who hang it in the “under”, those who drink tea and those who drink coffee… and there are those who do not think twice before rushing out of the front door with the bed unmade and those who find it rather virtuous to complete this task first thing in the morning.
Among the latter is former US Navy Admiral William H. McRaven, who at the University of Texas graduates in Austin said: “If you make your bed every morning, you will have completed the first task of the day”.
Whether for you the day is to be flavoured by the self discipline of a soldier or with a languid and relaxed dance of a butterfly, the theme of making a bed or not is more complex than what you might think and involves sheets, mites, good and bad habits and warm duvets.
The benefits to making your bed
- You start the day on the right foot
Being dynamic in the morning depends on something deeper and more complex, a way of doing things that reflects our approach to life itself. Whoever makes the bed regularly cultivates a proactive attitude that goes beyond the few minutes spent in the early hours fixing the sheets because, as Sean Covey says in his best selling teenage motivational books (raise a hand if you don’t still feel like a teenager inside sometimes):
We become what we do repeatedly
If indeed we must assume a habit, it’s better to have a good one than a bad one.