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Making My Bed Changed My Life…Here’s How

By: Ava Noble

The alarm clock starts to ring dreadfully, a sound no one ever looks forward to. After pressing the snooze button a few times, you roll out of bed and continue your day. College is filled with those snoozed alarms, accidentally wearing two different socks due to a time crunch, and rushed breakfasts, all while trying to get to class in time. It is easy to feel unmotivated when you wake up at 7 am and, in the blink of an eye, you’re already making dinner, feeling guilty for not accomplishing enough in the day. Then, going into bed just as you were hours ago and doing it all over again.

In high school, I was fortunate enough to have a Global History teacher named Mr. Sill, but he wasn’t just a history teacher. He was a mentor, a support system, and a comforting smile for every student in the hallway. Unfortunately, Mr. Sill passed my senior year of high school. But there is a lesson he taught me that I carry with me every single day. He once told us that making your bed in the morning would change your life. Of course, being the stubborn fourteen-year-old I was then, I didn’t believe him until I started doing it.

He challenged us to add making our beds into our morning routines and see how it impacts our day, productivity, and mood. The act of making your bed first thing in the morning gives you a consistent opportunity to accomplish something. Although it may sound silly or superficial, completing a small task each morning, without fail, works wonders. It sparks a ripple effect of productivity for the rest of the day. Despite what may feel like an unproductive day, at least you have the pride of going home to a made bed.

Thanks to what started as a small challenge, I value the more minor tasks throughout my day, which leads to accomplishing the bigger ones. I have worn off on other people, too. I motivate them to start making their beds and having more productive days.

Making my bed has changed my life. What I once saw as a mundane chore, I now see as a fresh slate to approach each day with a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Thank you, Mr. Sill. You are so very missed.

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