Watch This US Navy Admiral & It Will Change Your Quarantine Habits — Guaranteed!

Being stuck in quarantine can be frustrating, even though it’s an important step to keeping ourselves and our neighbors safe. If you find yourself getting lazy or feeling down about the state of the world, there’s something that might help change your habits.

Goalcast shared a video inspired by a speech made by U.S. Navy Admiral William H. McRaven at the University of Texas commencement in 2014. McRaven talks about how the simple act of making your bed in the morning can change your day.

Why You Should Make Your Bed In Quarantine

It can be easy to get out of the habit of making your bed every day, especially during quarantine. But Admiral McRaven says taking this first step can give you the motivation to do even more with your day.


“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day,” McRaven says in his speech. “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.”

McRaven says his instructors during basic SEAL training would inspect his bed first thing in the morning. Quarantine may not be as intense as training to be a Navy SEAL, but the advice still applies. “If you can’t do the little things right,” McRaven says, “you will never do the big things right.”

What Else Can You Accomplish When You Make Your Bed?

The things you hope to accomplish with your time in quarantine are probably different than what Admiral McRaven accomplished in his training. But as Goalcast’s video shows, there are plenty of things you can do with your time after making your bed for the day.


After making his bed, the man in the video is inspired to clean his house, shave, and take a shower. As days go by, the tasks he accomplishes get bigger. He starts reading more books, exercising, and talking with his loved ones.

“Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often,” McRaven reminded students in his speech. “But if take you take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up — if you do these things, then the next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today.”


Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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