Something clicked this morning that is so simple and so true, yet I had never connected it to work.
Speaking to graduates at the University of Texas, Admiral Bill McRaven, a 36-year Navy SEAL and Head of the U.S. Special Operations Command, had this to say about a mundane ritual that every SEAL endures as part of training.
“Every morning we were required to make our bed to perfection. It seemed a little ridiculous at the time…but the wisdom of this simple act has been proven to me many times over.
If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.”
I had never considered that a simple routine like making a bed first thing each day has such positive, lasting impact on performance. Supporting your team in their efforts to achieve similar accomplishments early in a project, as part of a daily routine or at the start of a new collaboration, could yield great dividends. Now, if it was only as easy as making sure the corners are tucked in perfectly.