Making a Habit Work for You

I recently heard a talk on goal setting. In it the speaker mentioned hearing a military general talk about how they have the basic trainees get up early in the morning and make their beds immediately. The reason he said they do that is to have them develop the habit of completing a task from start to finish, first thing in their day.

Good habits can make life easy. Don’t you desire to take steps that will lead to life being easier and still accomplish what needs to be done? Those good habits enable the important things of our life to flow, without having to force ourselves, procrastinate, or leave them undone. On top of that, as the general alluded to, they give us a sense of accomplishment. Don’t you like to feel good about your day?

I make my bed first thing when I get up in the morning. It takes me less then 2 minutes. It sets my mental stage for a productive day, and besides I love how my bedroom looks with the bed made.

If you currently don’t get up and make your bed right away, I encourage you to start doing it tomorrow. I think you will be delighted with how you feel and how your bedroom looks. Once you have begun doing that, teach your children to do the same thing. Right living begins with executing simple right choices.

Trusting in Jesus,


As the door turneth upon his hinges,
so doth the slothful upon his bed” (Proverbs 26:14).

8 thoughts on “Making a Habit Work for You”

  1. So true! I wish I had developed better habits and passed them down to my children. I am trying to change and encouraging them to but it is an uphill battle now since they are adults.

  2. Dear Teri,

    I totally agree, it makes such a difference to your day and is only a simple thing.

    I keep telling my children, have you made your bed?

    Your bed looks lovely too, a homemade quilt i think!

    Ps, Steve looks much better without the beard, and i agreed with everything he said!

    Hope you are all well.

    Enjoyed reading the recent Moms corner, have got all your books out again!

    Send our love to you all and God bless,

    Claire and family

  3. This is such a good habit! My husband, however, likes to stay in bed reading longer than me in the morning. I make it as soon as I can though! 🙂

  4. I totally agree! I hate leaving the bedroom without my bed being made or leaving the house with dishes in the sink.

  5. Thank you for this tidbit of wisdom. I love reading things like this. I hope you do it more often.
    (Mom’s Corner only comes once a month!)
    I do make our bed each morning when we get up – I can’t stand an unmade bed! Still trying to train my children though. Even the oldest doesn’t remember on his own.

    We plan to! Keep watching the blog ;).

  6. This rings in my ears from when I was growing up and living at home. There was never an unmade bed in my mother’s house. Never! There still isnt’. This habit carried me through college and my married years, but I have grow very lazy in this habit as a single parent. It is so easy to not make this a priority! So, my bed has been made before I leave for work for the last few days, and it is so nice to come home to a clean bedroom. Apparently I need some retraining too. Love you all.

    In Christ,


  7. Great idea!! I love the Turquoise wall 🙂
    It’s actually hunter green. So much for color rendering. 🙂

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