Act Like Your Grandpa and Grandma in 2015

This week I wrote a post about Sacrifice and my plans for 2015 during one of the comments which I enjoy reading and responding to I received some sound advice:

Love the dedication. Just be careful you don’t sacrifice too much sleep to affect your health. For myself at least, if I work too many long days for weeks at a time the stress take a toll and I need the sleep (8-7) hours even more.
I had this to say to respond:  Great point on making sure you get enough sleep. One of my new found strengths is I am a 65 year old man who goes to bed early and wakes up early, I don’t waste much time by planning and hustle hard when I need to, all of this at 30 something! Although I’m hoping to implement nap time in the future.

Which leads me to why you should act like your Grandpa and Grandma in 2015!

One of the items the older generation passes on to us is the wisdom they have learned throughout the years of their life.  If you stay over at PopPop and MeMa’s expect them to rise bright and early around 5 am.  If the sun is up so are they, cooking breakfast and drinking coffee or heading down to the local dinner for conversation about the good old days.  Well if you wake up when the sun comes up you are probably going to sleep when the sun sets because you have already put in a full day.  I’m not entirely suggesting that everyone go to bed at 5:00 pm, but I am suggesting to get in a routine that is the most effective for you, here’s what I mean.

My day looks a little something like this Monday through Friday:

  • 5:30 am Wake up and walk the dog
  • 6:00 am Get ready for work, shower, eat, eBay shipping usually
  • 7:00 am Bus/Train to work, listening to a podcast, almost always Dave Ramsey
  • 7:45 am  Work
  • 4:15 pm Bus/Train back home, listening to a podcast, reading a book, or thinking about my next post
  • 5:15 pm  Walk the dog
  • 6:00 pm Cook and eat dinner
  • 7:00 pm eBay, Even Steven Money blog, and relax
  • 9:00 pm Bed time

Maybe this is boring to some, but what I have developed is the same thing that helps me wake up at 5:30 in the morning like PopPop and that is a routine.  If you are waking up at 5:30 am and going to bed at 9:00 pm, chances are you have developed a routine.  Ask yourself, Did you stay up late one day this week and then the results of the following day are thrown off?  It’s why Monday’s are so awful for most people, because you broke your routine, you stayed up late, or you needed to wake up earlier than you did on Saturday and/or Sunday.

Show me someone who works 12 or even 16 hour days and gets 4 hours of sleep and I will show you someone that will eventually burn out.  I’m not saying it cannot be done or you are the Superman or Wonderwoman currently doing this today, but it can’t last.  I know we all want to kick a$$ and finish up that 24,000 word post for blog or put together a business plan for our super special white snowflake business that will make us millions, gazillions, but shouldn’t we be building something one day at a time?

Here is an idea and it’s not going to be a new one.  Why don’t we just put together our financial life like a brick house.  You don’t put up a 10 foot brick wall as one whole piece because if you did it would fall, no instead you put one brick down with some mortar and continue laying brick by brick.  That’s where the routine and success comes from, that’s why lottery winners fail with money they receive the whole brick wall, they have no idea what it takes to build the wall so it all falls down in the form of bankruptcy and in some cases even worse.


Building a House, Brick by Brick


I’m not going to show you how to build a routine there are many books and probably blog posts out there that will lead you to developing a routine in 30 days or something catchy like that.  What I will tell you is that from what I have learned if you go to bed early you end up developing a routine, building on your success or even your failure from the previous day, the wall gets built and you find out exactly what it takes to build a wall.  This can apply to your financial success, your fitness and health aspirations, and just building a better you.  Go ahead build yourself a routine, go to bed early like PopPop and Mema, and build your wall of success along the way.


Featured image courtesy of Flickr and no those are not my Grandparents but Mrs. Even Steven thinks they are a cute couple!

28 Responses to “Act Like Your Grandpa and Grandma in 2015

  • Aren’t the super early mornings awesome? I have always been an early bird, getting in a workout and at my desk at work by 6:15. (although the last few years the kids take up my pre-work routine, and workouts are at lunch, but I still get up by 5am). There is something about the early morning when the world is still asleep and there is so much possibility to the day.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      I enjoy the mornings, maybe a little less when I’m walking my dog in the dark at 5:30 am and it’s 0 degrees, but I’m certainly awake when I get back to the house. I always remember the military saying that they get more done by 8 am than we get done in a day, I think the message is wake up early and get stuff done.

  • I get up @ 5:30 too I knock out a lot of work before 8 am each day. It was tough at first but after a few weeks it became routine.

  • I don’t wake up early, but I do have a routine which allows me to get everything done during the day and leaves me more than enough time to relax – and I sleep at least 7 hours, 8 most times.

    Developing a routine is very important if you want to be effective during those hours when you are awake. You’re body will go on some sort of autopilot and it will know exactly what needs to get done without wasting too much time thinking about what to do.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Join the Grandpa and Grandma crowd! Just kidding the routine of being efficient when you are awake and on your routine is key.

  • I used to wake up early, but I am reconsidering on doing that again now so I can avoid traffic in the morning!
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      That’s a HUGE bonus, missing some of the morning traffic, for me it even pertains with the train, I love it.

  • I never could understand or figure out how people burn the midnight oil AND get up super early. I’m a wreck if I don’t get a solid 8. I think some people wear their busyness like a badge of honor, but I think you get even more done, and certainly protect your health when you get solid sleep. I’m 44 and man that kind of stuff catches up to you if you’re not careful. There is nothing wrong with rest, and a solid routine like you said!

    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Yeah certainly age has something to do with it, becoming wiser as we realize that we can’t skip work because we stayed up late like we had the option in college to not go to class. Early Risers Unite!

  • I used to be able to function on 4 hours of sleep a night no problem. Nowadays, if I get a hair less than 8 (which generally lets me wake up naturally in the morning), my entire day is shot.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Yeah it’s crazy how that works, if I go out and stay up late, I wake up about the same time the next day, but end up taking a nap or going to bed even earlier.

  • Your schedule looks very similar to mine except I sometimes have to teach later. I get so much done in the morning my wife thinks I am on something. When I am up, I am up and ready to go. Here is to grandma and grandpa.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Haha, your wife might be right you might be on something, but it’s called drive and motivation.

  • Love your routine Even Steven, I have something a little similar and love waking up early, but I keep trying to make it more consistent. It helps that my wife likes to go to bed early which usually forces me to join her, because I’m always torn at night when my little girl doesn’t go to bed until around 9am, then I start getting warmed up on my blogging or other work, but can never get far before it’s time to go to bed and I just want to keep going! I definitely try to get more done in the mornings before work though.

    To me early mornings really are the key to taking control of your day, which ultimately means you can take control of your life.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      “To me early mornings really are the key to taking control of your day, which ultimately means you can take control of your life.” PREACH!!!

  • LOVE this, Steven! This is what I do and it works out so well. Early mornings are my quiet time to devote to reading and getting freelancing work done, prepping for the day, etc. Mornings/afternoons are devoted to homeschooling, getting things done around the house with an occasional check-in on work, evenings are for relaxing and enjoying time with the fam, and then it’s off to an early bedtime. Routines really do work!
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Thanks Laurie. Using those early mornings for reading and freelance work sounds like a great use of time.

  • I need at least 7 hours of sleep or I can’t function the next day, and most of the time I probably need 8 hours of sleep. I’m still not a morning person though but I have noticed I no longer want to sleep to 11AM-12PM on the weekends which is progress for me! I’m not waking up at 6:45AM like I do on the weekdays but it’s a start I’d say. I enjoy sleeping in too much…
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Progress, I like it. I also enjoy sleeping, that’s why I go to bed so early! Anyone, anyone that was my sleep humor for you.

  • I’ve been trying to wake up by 5 AM every morning and it makes a big difference.

    Here is TCM’s view on sleep schedule:

    In China, the “morning bee” life follows the precepts of traditional Chinese medicine, which holds that the body’s qi (energy) circulates through the 12 major meridians at a specific time of day, and spends two hours in each of them. Each meridian relates to an internal organ. The day is thus broken up into 12, two-hour blocks.

    From 11pm to 1am is the time for the gallbladder to rest, the liver rests at 1am-3am, the lungs at 3am-5am, the large intestine at 5am-7am and the stomach at 7am-9pm.

    After 5am, the bowels start to move, so that’s the ideal time to go to the toilet. Breakfast should be eaten between 7am and 9am since that’s when the stomach is ready to work.

    If at night, when the body is designed to fall asleep, it is actually awake, then the liver (according to TCM) becomes hot, inflamed and filled with toxins. Blood circulation in the liver is thus restricted and this dramatically affects the body’s energy balance; this in turn results in insomnia and a low mood.

    Similarly, arising too late contributes to dizziness and constipation.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      That is the most detailed reason ever on why I should go to sleep early and also because my liver will become hot and inflamed with toxins. Yeah that’s great, I do it to get stuff done and feel great, the details scare me too much.

  • But all the fun stuff happens after 9:00 pm!

    Love the metaphor of the brick wall: you may have the kernel of a book there.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Thanks DB40, yeah it felt good writing that part, thanks for noticing!

  • My grandparents are the masters of routine. They wake up early, drink their coffee and tackle the day, just like you said. My grandma is so cute with her daily cleaning/errand routines. I asked her if she gets bored doing the same thing week after week, and she told me it’s so efficient that she doesn’t mind. She gets to spend her evenings relaxing with my granddad and goes to bed feeling accomplished. I need to follow her example!
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  • This is such a great post that really resonates with me. I recently started blogging about saving money too but I find myself getting annoyed when I don’t get any work for it done! I need to remind myself that I’m building my blog bit by bit and there is no hurry. Publishing each post feels great but there’s no point up getting stressed out when I don’t have time to do anything. We all need a break from time to time anyway.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      You will probably hear it over and over from the seasoned bloggers and that’s consistency. If it means waking up at 5:30 am to get your routine down like Grandma might as well give it a go. I’m glad you liked the post, thanks for checking out the blog.

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