Do you make your bed every day?

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Productivity experts often stress the importance of seemingly small things, like making the bed every morning. As a blog post I just read summarizes it:

Apparently, making your bed (and other feel-good tasks like exercising and cooking your own food) is something called a keystone habit. Keystone habits are those routines that, if you can identify them, spill over to other habits. According to Duhigg, changing or cultivating keystone habits “helps other habits to flourish by creating new structures, and they establish cultures where change becomes contagious.” A keystone habit is essentially a catalyst for other good habits.

My office is next door to my bedroom, so bed-making is a habit that’s easy for me to get into. But I wonder if I’d feel differently if I worked outside the home — or even on another floor — and didn’t have to face the prospect of a messy bed every time I got up to use the bathroom. It also helps, of course, that I keep my bed coverings fairly simple with a duvet in the winter and a coverlet in the summer; if I had to tuck in sheets and arrange a bunch of decorative pillows each morning, I doubt I would be as consistent.

Do you make your bed every day? Or do you disagree with the notion that “the state of your bed is the state of your head”?

3 thoughts on “Do you make your bed every day?

  1. Usually I do because I just can’t sleep well in a sloppy bed. I will tear the hell out of when I’m asleep so I need to start out at least somewhat put together.

  2. I disagree. For one thing, I don’t toss and turn. I spin and leap, often waking to find myself sideways on the bed. I prefer to cocoon in my blankets. So making my bed is usually a project, not a quick tuck and turn.

    I think the notion presented confuses correlation with cause & effect. In the days when I did keep my bed made, I didn’t see any increase in better habits.

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