If you want to find success, and maybe change the world in the process, start off by making your bed.

In his book “Make Your Bed,” legendary Naval Admiral William H. McRaven says,

“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. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.”

No matter how much work you have to do or how stressed you are about the day ahead, the simple act of making your bed first thing in the morning can give you the lift you need to start off your day right.

Why? Because when you make your bed first thing in the morning, you’ve accomplished your first task of the day. This puts you in a “winning” mindset and makes it easier for you to accomplish your next task.

“And, if by chance you have a miserable day,” McRaven says, “you will come home to a bed that is made – that you made – and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.”

So, the next time you wake up after a nights sleep, make your bed. It’ll only take you a few minutes.