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Definition

Making your bed every morning may improve your mood and productivity throughout the entire day.

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How to Do It

Make your bed. 

Make sure your sheets are fitted correctly to the mattress. Then adjust pillows, blankets or quilts, in an orderly fashion. 

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Benefits

  • May make you happier[1,3]
  • May boost productivity[2]
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Time Commitment

Less than 5 minutes

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Why it works

  • Starting the day with the successful completion of a task gets you into a productive frame of mind that may last throughout the day[2].
  • Completing a task can make you feel happy, and a messy environment can cause your mood to worsen[1,3]. So, making your bed may improve your mood.
  • Making your bed can act a mindfulness ritual[4].
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Suggested Frequency

Daily

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Side Effects

  • A made bed provides a better home to dust mites than a messy one[5]. Make sure you wash your linens regularly.
  • Scientists haven’t really investigated the claims made by proponents of bed-making. Still, there is no harm in trying it out and seeing if making your bed helps you feel better and work more effectively.
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Gurus/Celebrities/Doing it

Jordan Peterson

Admiral William H McCraven

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Category Health/Productivity/Mood:

  • Mood
  • Productivity
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Suggested Time of Day

Morning

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Notes

According to Randall Bell, Ph.D., a writer who has investigated successful people for over 25 years, people who make their beds are 200% more likely to be millionaires. Other habits of successful people include waking up early and reading books.

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 Mood  Confidence  Stress  Productivity
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