I read an interesting tidbit in Real Simple magazine a few months ago — that making the bed in the morning was the number one small thing that made people happy. I didn’t believe it for a second.
I have never. Ever. Been a morning person. Just ask my mother how easy it was to get me out of bed growing up, and she’ll give you a mouthful for sure! To this day I will sacrifice just about anything for a few extra minutes of sleep in the morning. Luckily for me, my office is pretty casual in regards to time-keeping, so no one makes a fuss if I come in 10-15 minutes late. However, this winter, things started to get a little out of control. I found myself pushing the 30-40 minute mark almost every day.
I knew I needed to shape up. Bite the bullet and start getting up earlier. Again, lucky for me, I had a little extra push to help me along the way.
I live in a rental house with two roommates and after almost a year of just tolerating each other, we’ve decided to go our separate ways. This means, of course, that our house is on the market for rent again and we have a near constant flow of strangers coming through for showings.
It’s a huge pain in the butt. Everything has to be clean all the time (which is challenging enough with 3 people, but even more challenging considering we also have my roommate’s 110lb dog in the mix) AND I feel compelled to make my bed almost every day. Which means I have to get up in time.
So far, I’m doing pretty well. This has been going on for a few weeks, but it just dawned on me to start collecting data over the last few days.
Here’s the evidence:
|Went to bed (night before)||Woke up||Arrived at work|
|Wednesday*||11:00 pm||6:40 am||7:40 am (10 min late)|
|Thursday*||11:00 pm||7:00 am||8:00 am (30 min late)**|
|Friday||12:00 am||7:15 am||8:10 am (10 min late)|
*Wednesdays and Thursdays I have class and work from 7:30 – 4:30 instead of 8 – 5.
**I realize I was technically 30 minutes late on Thursday, but I only took half my lunch hour to make up for it. Cheating, I know.
Some other things that help me get up in the mornings:
- I stopped using my cell phone as an alarm and started using my actual alarm clock instead. Which happens to be on the opposite side of the room from me.
- Sadly, this still doesn’t stop me from hitting the snooze, but I try to limit myself to hitting it twice.
- When my alarm goes off the first time, I turn on the reading light next to my bed (obviously, this doesn’t work as well when you have a significant other to sleep with)
Some things to still work towards:
- When I first started my grad program, I shifted my schedule to 7:30 – 4:30 everyday. I’d like to get back to that as I think the consistency made it easier.
- I would like to someday get in the habit of going to the gym before work. I think that’s a little too ambitious for me now, though.
As for making the bed every morning, I must admit, it does feel nice to get it done before leaving for work and it’s much nicer to get into at night. I still don’t do it on the rare day that there’s no showing, though. I think maybe I should.