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Thursday, January 03, 2013

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I made our bed this morning. ^^Not this exact bed, per say (Though I wish. That's like, my fantasy room), but I made a poor man's version of this bed.

Yes, I am very proud of myself, too. That's one new year's goal I've successfully stuck to for two whole days! Seriously, the club can't even handle me right now.

I tucked the sheets into some rather impressive hospital corners and smoothed our comforter while simultaneously putting on pants and brushing my teeth.

After I was finished, I surveyed my work and thought smugly to myself, "Look out worldCourtney's feeling productive!"

I'm just kidding. That's all I plan on doing today. Brushing my teeth AND making my bed in the same morning makes me nothing short of Wonder Woman. I'm already exhausted.

I decided to try making our bed every morning (regardless of whether or not Clayton is still in it) after I read an excerpt from Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project. According to Rubin, making your bed is one of the quickest, easiest ways to get happier. An orderly bed instantly creates a tidier environment, which in turn can make you feel more calm and at peace. (Not to mention, turning down the blankets at bedtime makes me feel like I'm opening a Christmas present.)

Secondly, making your bed is something you can check off of your daily to-do list. Though it's a rather insignificant task in the great scheme of things, those small tasks add up quickly and can help you feel more accomplished and efficient during the day.

Plus, my mom forced us to make our beds every single day and sometimes I'm super paranoid that she'll be disappointed to learn that the good habits she tried so hard to instill in us didn't stick once we reached adulthood.

But I eat broccoli and all of my other vegetables with gusto, so it all evens out. 

I want to know: What are some daily habits that help you feel more productive during the day?

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6 comments

  1. I totally agree with the making your bed thing! The only thing I did before leaving for the holidays was make my bed; the rest of the house was in shambles. But when I got home finally and saw the made bed I was able to relax a bit. And my poor man's bed doesn't even have a top sheet! Too lazy for that mess!

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    1. I got into the habit of trying to make the bed while I was on vacation, too! It made the laundry laying everywhere look way less intimidating.

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  2. Three things:
    1. Making the bed.
    2. Picking up all the laundry off the floor.
    3. Putting the dishes in the dishwasher.

    Instant feeling of accomplishment. :)

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    1. Putting dishes in the dishwasher ... that is my kryptonite. I HATE doing the dishes. And since our kitchen is so small, we have a baby dishwasher that can only hold like 4 plates so we have to empty it CONSTANTLY.

      But you're right, it does make the kitchen less cluttered and overwhelming.

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  3. I always feel *so* much better about my life if my bed is made than not. There could be crap all over the floor, but the room still looks much neater.
    When my brothers and I were kids, we had to make our beds every day UNLESS there was a cat sleeping in it. We would then spend half the morning a) locating a cat and b) trying to make it sleep in an unmade bed...which, of course, required a lot more energy than actually making the bed.

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  4. I always make my bed and unload the dishwasher in the morning. That may be the only thing that gets accomplished but at least for a second I can relax.

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