4. Make Your Bed
After reading the book "Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life" I started making my bed every morning.
I used to hate it when my mom asked me to make my bed. "Why do I have to make my bed if I'm going to mess it up again tonight?!"
It didn't make sense - that is, until I started making my bed.
You see, you can only compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today. Improving yourself each and every day - even small improvements - compounds over time.
The most successful people in the world weren't born that way. They had to build themselves just like you do, with small improvements every day.
If you want to improve yourself but don't know where to start, begin by cleaning your room. Too much to ask? Just make your darn bed.
Making your bed first thing in the morning is a little better than you were before. Next you can pick up the dirty laundry on the floor. Eventually make your way to the stack of papers on your desk, and before you know it, your room is clean.
Once you clean your room, you can move on to improving things outside of your room, like going to the gym, or getting to class on time, etc.
On top of that, making your bed is the first task you complete in the morning. Although it's small, it's still something you have total control over and can do right every time.
Starting your day by completing a task properly will set you up for success in your next task. Just like small successes compound over the course of your life, so do small successes over the course of your day.
Making your bed sets you up for a great day. But even if your day sucks, at least you can return home to a comfortable bed that was properly made in the morning. Even when everything goes wrong that day, your made bed is the one thing that went right.
Start by making your bed, and you'll be surprised at the world of difference it can make in your life.