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We're on Day 4 of the 31 Days to Hallway Praise challenge!
A year or so ago, I watched an incredible graduation speech given by Admiral William McRaven. Not surprisingly, it was well-thought-out, concise, and expertly delivered.
What surprised me, though, was his first point: make your bed every morning.
(You can fast-forward to 4:35 on the video if you want to get straight to his 10 points.)
It seemed so simple, almost too lowly. But as he explained his choice for this first recommendation, I saw the wisdom in it.
Will making your bed every morning change your mood? Perhaps not. But what it will do is give you a reason to get out of bed in the morning. It will teach you about routine. It will help you take pride in your environment. And it can set a precedent for the rest of your day.
Because of all those benefits, I'm recommending it now. There is a lot in life we cannot control. We don't know what tomorrow holds; we don't know what the Lord has planned. But we can choose what we do with the time we have today, and we can choose to make our beds.
In full disclosure, I'm terrible (TERRIBLE!) at making my bed in the morning. (Please don't tell my mom. She definitely taught me better than that.) I think it started way back when Jon worked nights - he was rolling into bed just as I was getting up, and making the bed wasn't really an option for many years.
But I'm also bad at keeping routines, too. I think if I were to start making a conscious effort to make my bed, it would naturally lead to an improved morning routine, which would then, in turn, help my evening to go more smoothly.
So, for this challenge, making my bed every morning is something I am aiming to do. Will you keep me accountable? You can leave a comment asking how I'm doing, you can fill out the blog's contact page, or you can send me an email at julie(at)hallwayinitiative(dot)com. I'm going to need all the help I can get!
If you're a veteran bed-maker, today's assignment will be really easy. Maybe you could add in something else just for this challenge, like wiping down your bathroom mirror or cleaning out under your bed. And if you already routinely do those things as well, just write down in your gratitude journal how thankful you are to have this assignment already completed!
Making your bed is just a small step, but it is a pretty easy one. Let's commit to making our beds every morning for the next week and see if there is any improvement in our day.
Today's action steps: Start making your bed each morning. If you're feeling really ambitious, you can begin by washing your sheets. Clean sheets lend themselves toward easier bed-making. Why, I don't know; the just do!
Related: If you've not tried either the Make Over Your Mornings or Make Over Your Evenings courses, I highly recommend them. At just $17 each, they are a fantastic investment in streamlining your day. They would go a long way toward helping you remember to make your bed!