“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished 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. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can't do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.
And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made — that you made — and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.
If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.” -
William H. McRaven
A short excerpt from an inspirational commencement address given by Naval Admiral, William H. McRaven. To the young and old alike, it is yet another reminder of the importance of building good habits even through the simple and mundane tasks of the day.
Our daily lives revolve around the five life pillars - family, friends, work, children, and self. Each day begins with a million things that demand our constant attention; the jarring alarm that wakes you up, the overwhelming loom of a project deadline, the buzzing of incoming email notifications, or even the mundane day to day preparations. Let’s face it, more often than not, it’s the little things that drain us.
Stop, breathe and ponder, “Am I going to let this control me or am I going to take control of my life and the choices I make?”
The essence of #timefulness is being conscious of how you spend your time. Life, like time itself, passes without mercy, you might not get the chance to start over again. How we manage our time and what we do with it, be it nonchalantly or engagingly will become our habits over time. These decisions are important, how we go about our day determine our quality of life and of those around us. For the Admiral, it started out with the simple act of making his bed and as T. Harv Eker would put it: “How you do anything is how you do everything”.
What are the habits and excellence you want to build? Toward the excellence you desire, what are the simple tasks of “making your bed” you can begin with? Start your day by reflecting on those questions. Begin every day with a plan, as William H. McRaven puts it, one small action can propel and encourage you to do many more. A great habit to form is keeping a journal or writing a to-do list. It can give you an overview, a perspective on your tasks. While it may seem like a tiring act, for now, it will become a feasible to-do list tomorrow and will eventually anchor itself as an enduring habit for the future to come.
Take heart, take your time. Start small. You can always begin setting aside time to do what’s important, one or two nights with family, start jogging once a week, waking up earlier to be on time and even initiating conversations with your colleagues every once in a while. All it takes is to take the first step (pun intended). If you’re curious about the practical steps and science towards building a habit, we have just the right thing for you: Three Tips To Start & Maintain A Habit For The New Decade and if you need help with journaling read here!
Time waits for no one, yet we can and have the power to do more of what matters with the time we have left. Think not of what you cannot control, but think about what you can do, and take action. Start by making a difference in your life, start by making “your bed”!
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