Setting the tone!
One of the most important lessons that I have learned from my mentors is just how much of an effect one small habit can have and how that one small habit has the power to breed into bigger, more permanent habits, both good or bad. One very good example to illustrate this is a habit that was probably my least favorite growing up: making the bed. It is a the simplest habit and much more effective than we think. If you want to have a successful day and cross off all the tasks on your list, then starting your day off by executing this one single task, which, by the way, takes sixty seconds or less to do.
Making your bed when you don’t want to might carry on to finishing those last few sets of squats when you really don’t want to. Since you have already taken the initiative to practice this success habit early in the day, you are now that much more apt to take up and complete other, bigger productive tasks and habits. The effect that making your bed can have on you is pretty huge! Try it and observe what happens. Setting the tone early in the morning puts you one step closer to getting that big project done that you have been putting off for so long, calling that old friend you’ve been meaning to call or starting that food diary you really want to get going.
When you return home, after a productive day of crushing those tasks, that were once upon a time just collecting dust, you will have a nice, soon-to-be warm, nicely made bed to jump back into. The sight of my made bed alone makes me want to go to the mirror and give myself a high-five, every time.
“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or to accept the responsibility for changing them.” -Denis Waitely
See just how your conditions can change simply by starting to implement this habit into your daily routine.