Habit #10 – Make your bed

….in fact… “make your bedroom”.

“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.”
~John Dryden

Not every habit has to be complicated… this is an easy one, but it is a “keystone” habit.

Making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being, and stronger skills at sticking with a budget. It’s not that a family meal or a tidy bed causes better grades or less frivolous spending. But somehow those initial shifts start chain reactions that help other good habits take hold.
~Charles Duhigg (The Power of Habit)

Small wins are exactly what they sound like, and are part of how keystone habits create widespread changes.
~Charles Duhigg (The Power of Habit)

Not only make your bed, but also keep your bedroom clean & decluttered. It’s a bedroom not a closet…

It’s a great feeling to enter a tidy bedroom when bunking in for the night.

Check out this cool youtube video….

Award-winning author and entrepreneur, Jonathan Fields, interviews New York Times investigative reporter and bestselling author of The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg:

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

This is a great ted talk!

Amy Cuddy ted.com bio:

Amy Cuddy wasn’t supposed to become a successful scientist. In fact, she wasn’t even supposed to finish her undergraduate degree. Early in her college career, Cuddy suffered a severe head injury in a car accident, and doctors said she would struggle to fully regain her mental capacity and finish her undergraduate degree.
But she proved them wrong. Today, Cuddy is a professor and researcher at Harvard Business School, where she studies how nonverbal behavior and snap judgments affect people from the classroom to the boardroom. And her training as a classical dancer (another skill she regained after her injury) is evident in her fascinating work on “power posing” — how your body position influences others and even your own brain.

“Using a few simple tweaks to body language, Harvard researcher Amy Cuddy discovers ways to help people become more powerful.”
TIME Game Changers, March 19, 2012

Here goes:

If this sounds hokey, simple.. or even stupid.. GET OVER IT.

You might want to construct your own power pose if you don’t feel comfortable with Amy Cuddy’s version … I myself have a slightly different pose AND supplement with a genuine smile…for 2min.

  It is a very powerful exercise..highly recommended.

My rating: 5/6

  • 5/6 on delivery
  • 5/6 on content


GTD & David Allen @ TEDx

When I “found” GTD.. the thing that fascinated me the most was the expression “Mind Like Water“.  It sounded like a dream… was this possible.. could I experience such a peaceful & present state of mind? Off course.. and I actually did from time to time, but not as often as.. & not for as long as I wanted.

“Mind Like Water”.. … perfectly appropriate response to, and engagement with, whatever is present
~David Allen

“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders”
Lao Tzu

When you throw a pebble into a pond, what does
the water do?
It responds with total appropriateness to the force
and mass of the rock.
It doesn’t overreact or underreact.
It doesn’t react at all.
It simply interacts with whatever comes to it
and returns to its natural state

If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to anything
~Shunryu Suzuki

There is one thing we can do, and the happiest people are those who can do it to the limit of their ability. We can be completely present. We can be all here. We can.. give all our attention to the opportunity before us.
~Mark Van Doren 

There is usually an inverse relationship between the amount something is on your mind and the amount it’s getting done
~David Allen

“Getting Things Done” is NOT about how to be more productive @ work. It’s about how to find peace & being present i life. It’s a “life improvement system”

“Allen’s ideas are nothing short of life-changing”
~Ben Hammersley (The Guardian)

The GTD system was indeed life-changing for me. I will post a lot more about GTD in the future…

Here is David Allen @ TEDx in September 2012:

Let Me give you a little secret… “Getting Things Done” ..is not about getting things done. It’s really about being properly engaged with what’s going on.
Appropriate engagement is the real key here. Many times not getting something done is how to properly engage with it.
~David Allen @ TEDx