In May 2014, Admiral McRaven gave a commencement speech at the University of Texas. In this inspiring speech, he gave the graduating students 10 Life Lessons on how to change the world.
These life lessons came from his career as a navy seal.
Seals are known for their physical and mental strength and their ability to perform warrior acts in brutal conditions. So it was fascinating to hear the first lesson was to make your bed in the morning. It seems to be such a simple thing and to be honest, nothing new; because your mum has been telling you since you were little. However, that simple action has big rewards.
The admiral explains when you accomplish your first task, it gives you a small sense of pride and it encourages you to do another and another. At the end of the day, the simple action of making your bed will have turned into a productive day.
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However, when you have ADHD, the act of making your bed is huge.
1. You have experienced you first 'win' of the day. This means you get a shot of dopamine and feel the urge to do something else. To learn more about ADHD and productivity, head here.
2. It improves your self-esteem because you are crossing things off your to do list.