On great starts, setting, and making your bed

On great starts You should structure your mornings and evenings strictly to make sure you don't fail at these critical times. Your entrances and your exits are the most memorable. The starts and ends of the day are the most important as well. They set the tone not only for the day to come but also for the day that has passed. Scheduling may feel to rigorous, but maybe that is the best way to stick with what's good. Be early to rise and complete the most necessary work of your day when your mind is the most fresh. At the end of the day, develop a routine and stick to it, something that not only gets you ready to rest but also gets you ready to wake up in the morning. This must be done consistently and is not optional. Every time you try to simply improvise a great start, you fail. Your will alone is too weak to simply decide that you will make use of the hours of the day. Your mind and reason must also come into play and assist your will in making it happen.

On setting Showing up to a certain physical space for a certain activity has many advantages. When you show up to an office building, you are ready for work. The building is not associated with sleep or laziness. You don't associate it with anything but work. By walking in, you prime yourself for the activity is about to come. This happens mostly unconsciously, yet you do it on purpose because you recognize the effects. You should use this effect to your advantage. If you study well in the library, take the extra trip to show up to the library rather than stay at home. You'll be more focused and the extra couple of minutes will pay off in the end.

On making your bed Create distinct spaces or settings in your own home. For example, making your bed is a way to create a distinct setting that means more than just sleep. When you're asleep, the lights are turned off, your bed is not tidy, and there are probably plenty of things left around on the floor or at your desk. The first thing you should do in the morning is change the physical state of the room—turning the page, essentially. You are closing the book on the past and making an active decision that you won't be sleepy until you come back to bed that night. You are intentional in starting your day, rather than mindlessly rolling out of bed to accomplish nothing for the first three hours that you're awake. Start well, end well.