Life Lab: Make my Bed


What’s the Situation

I am not a morning person. If I could, I would sleep in until 9am (or later) every day. Alas, I have not yet reached sufficient heights of professional success to allow this. Nor have I yet found myself willing to throw off the shackles of the corporate world to be my own boss with my own hours. As a result, I have to (usually) wake up at 6:45am. It’s a cruel, cruel world.

Even worse, there is evidence that the most successful people get up early. While I’m still battling with my snooze, these people are getting a head start on their day.

I don’t know that I’ll ever be a morning person. To be honest, I get a lot of my most successful work done between the hours of 7pm and 12pm. But I do want to be better about my mornings. I want to start my day off right.

What’s the Strategy

So, I started looking for strategies to kick-start my day. After summarily dismissing strategies that required 30+ minutes of my morning as impractical for me to implement, I found this: Make your bed.

The article linked above points out that starting your day with one good habit, one task already accomplished, can help encourage you to be more productive throughout the rest of the day.

I see this as a way of boosting your Emotional Mana through the Inputs of Self-Management and Self-Valuation. Setting and completing a task – albeit a simple one – is Self-Management in action. And doing something we set out to do generally makes us feel better about ourselves overall, a nice added boost to Self-Valuation.

If I have to wake up early, I might as well get a little extra Emotional Mana out of the deal.

But does it actually work? Will it actually provide me a tangible benefit and help start my day off right? I’m going to find out.

What’s the Test

This week, I’m going to intentionally test the strategy of making my bed. The parameters of the test are that:

  • I will make my bed each morning prior to leaving for work
  • This will be the first task I complete in the morning

As a result of this, I expect to see:

  • A boost in Emotional Mana
  • A little more structure to my morning routine (i.e. actually having an intentional morning routine)

There are so many strategies for success out there; let’s see if this one works for me.

See you at the finish line!

-The Jack of Spades


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