by Matt Alderton | May 02, 2019
Good choices beget good choices. If you want to have a more productive day, the best thing you can do is start your morning off productively, according to The Muse contributor Alyse Kalish.

"Sometimes being an adult is hard. Sometimes going into work every day is hard. Sometimes I come home from the office and question if I accomplished anything at all," Kalish says. "Well, what if I told you that I found a way to make even those days feel productive?"

Kalish's simple solution is something she learned from U.S. Admiral William H. McCraven, a former Navy SEAL who was required to keep his room spotless during his service: Make your bed.

"If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day," Kalish quotes McCraven during a 2014 commencement speech. "It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another and another. And by the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed."

Indeed, making one's bed can set the right tone for the day. "When I feel overwhelmed, doing this small thing helps me regain my focus," notes Kalish. "Plus, seeing the end result proves I can accomplish something. If you want to start every day with a clear and collected head, pulling your bed together will ensure you are put together and ready for anything that comes your way."

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