It’s Monday morning. You are about to have your first cup of coffee. Ahead of you lies an intense day of home office: a great many meeting calls are scheduled, the enormous length of your to-do list makes you feel slightly dizzy and you just realise that even when your workday is done, your household chores are long overdue. Sounds stressful, doesn’t it?

Now, what can you possibly do to start your day less stressed and ensure that the hours until you fall asleep again are as productive as possible?

The answer is simple: make your bed first! For many a minimum requirement of discipline taught by parents or grandparents, making your bed is the accomplishment of the first task of the day. “It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another”, said Naval Admiral William McRaven in his famous commencement speech at the University of Texas in 2014. He expanded: “By the end of the day, the one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed”. Hence, making your bed in the morning is one way to set things up for a very productive day.

As an added benefit, the feeling of happiness comes free with it! According to Psychology Today, 71% of bed makers consider themselves happy, while 62% of non-bed-makers admit to being unhappy. So, without sounding like your mother, did you make your bed today?!

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