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.
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!