When I read the article “While I make my own bed & lie in it” by famous author Ruskin Bond, it reminded me of my days in the Army. As an officer you need to be personally organized and capable to lead others in terms of the same. During our training days, our rooms were inspected and feedback was shared on the upkeep and neatness of our rooms- making bed was an important part of it.
What was the feedback? Well, it was mostly in terms of extra drill or road march. For someone who is already undergoing rigorous training, the extra drill does not add to the burden. But it does cut down your free time (if at all you get). Sample this: one NDA cadet lost his liberty time and his girlfriend too, just because he could not make his bed properly and neatly.
Is making your bed really that important? In my opinion it is as important as making you a General in the Army or probably a CEO of the company. First thing first – when you make your own bed- the first task of the day is completed and successful. You feel good, the endorphin is released, placebo effect comes in and you feel happy. Now your entire day is set with a good start. Once that sense of accomplishment comes, dopamine is released. Dopamine is addictive so your body becomes addictive to this sense of accomplishment and you become habitual of starting your day on a fresh sound note.
Once this start is made, you will feel like having more and more accomplishment in the day and your day is bound to be more productive. By any chance, if you have not been able to finish your day on a sound note, you know that the bed you made in the morning is waiting for you where you can relax.
In the family, once you start doing this, I can assure you, you will set the trend for every one and moreover, your happiness is guaranteed. Reasons and results are yours to enjoy. Just be careful that your wife does not empower you to make the bed of everyone in the family. This risk is real .
Last time, when I was in a corporate training session, out of nineteen executives, only six accepted that they make their own bed as first thing first in the morning and their ladies were very happy with this habit. Out of the thirteen, ten accepted that they will start doing it once they are back home, three said that it may change the balance of power in their homes so they won’t do it. I left it them for the final judgment. Out of those ten who introduced this in their life style, five confirmed that overall happiness index in their homes have gone up and they feel happy about it. (Based on personal experience, no scientific validation)
It’s never too late. You want to become CEO or a General? Start by making your bed as first thing first from today. It will certainly make you endearing husband. You can expect good rewards too. Making your bed will be your first private victory. Even Rome was not built in a day.