Bernie Anderson
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Why You Should Make Your Bed And Do Other Pointless Activities

When I was a kid, I didn't understand why my mom required that I make my bed every morning. It seemed so pointless. It's going to be messed up again the next night and the next night and every night thereafter. In my juvenile mind, it made a lot more sense to just leave it unmade.

We do little things every day that seem pointless.

But they are not.

At least they don't have to be.
Several studies have shown that daily bed making is actually a kickstarter habit. It's a small daily act that teaches self-discipline and gives you an early win first thing in the morning. Whatever else happens for the rest of the day, there's a small part of the brain which knows, "I did something today. And it's good." A couple of studies have even shown that bedmakers are better budgeters, which means they tend to be richer.

While I don't know that you can make your bed all the way to prosperity, there is something to small, steady, daily progress. And that progress doesn't always have to be "going somewhere."

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I write this blog every day. There're not too many people reading it. I am not monetizing it. I don't care. I want to be a better writer, and to be a better writer it's important to embrace a daily habit that will enforce this.

For no particular reason. With no particular purpose, other than to write.

Sometimes we reach long-term goals through unexpected means.

Pointless is often the means to serendipity.