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Episode 29: Start A Productive Day In One Easy Step

Updated: Jan 19, 2021

Description: This week, Dr. Boogren discusses one easy way we can jumpstart a productive day and reminds us that we can do hard, and not so hard, things.

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Transcription: Hi, and welcome to episode 29 of Self-Care for Educators. I am your host, Tina Boogren. Okay. This week is going to be super, super simple. Some of you are already rocking this, so yay! You can celebrate. And, for those of you that aren't doing this yet, what a simple thing to do. Okay. You ready for it? Here it is.

I want you to make your bed. We want you to make your bed this week. Here's the reason why. It takes what, two minutes tops? Right? And, you immediately feel like you have accomplished something, right? When you get out of bed ... I used to not do this, and then, I don't know, I've heard a few people talk about this. And so, I was like, Let's give it a shot. And, now I do it. I even do it if I'm in a hotel, which I haven't been in for a long time, but I do it. And, the reason why is for that exact reason that I just said. I feel accomplished. I got that done. I feel more put together, ready to go. I can write it on my to-do list and cross it off, which always feels so good.

It just sets you up with boom, you get out of bed, and you accomplish something. Combine this with not using the snooze button, right? Five, four, three, two, one, jump out of bed. Make your bed. Boom. You are already well on your way to having a successful day. It's such a teeny, tiny, little thing. But, what it does for our mindset can be so powerful.

I've talked about this with friends before, and they've said they even, you know ... There's sometimes the dilemma that you get up perhaps before your partner gets up. So, we've talked about this, and I have friends that literally make their side of the bed while their partner is still in bed so they could cross it off the list, and they feel good about it.

So there you go. Give it a shot this week. See what you think. If you already do this, share. Like, why do you do this? Like, what does it do for you? Do you have your kids do this? Does this not feel good to you? And, why? Again, remember different strategies work for different people. This is just one of those small things that I found myself doing it this morning, and I was like, Oh, I should mention that on the podcast. It's such a teeny, tiny, little thing that just makes me feel accomplished on a daily basis. If you feel like you do nothing else that day, you can say, You know what? I made my stupid bed. So, there you go. That's it. I'm not going to drag this out any longer.

It's short and sweet this week. Make your bed. Make your bed. Make your bed. As always, the hardest part is reminding ourselves to do it. So, maybe ... make a little reminder for yourself. Track your progress for this week. See what happens. And, most importantly, as always, I know I'm a broken record on this ... see if it changes how you feel. Does it make you feel better to make your bed? Let us know what you think.

As always, a huge thank you to Brooke for making this happen. Thank you to Solution Tree and Marzano Resources for this job I get to do. And, you, my bad-ass, bed-making Self-Care Squad. Look at you accomplishing things, right immediately, first thing in the morning, like a bunch of bad-asses. I love it!

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