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Early Rising - How Would You Like An Extra Month Every Year?

I am an early riser.  And always have been!  Most people are shocked by how early - I am usually up by 3am, though I sometimes sleep in until 4 or so.  The morning is my favorite time of day.  It is my quiet time.  I can think.  I can plan.  And I can do so unfettered by phones and interruptions.  I can get a lot done.

One of my pastimes is collecting antique books.  I love reading them, learning how people used to think and write.  One thing I have discovered is that people 100 or 150 years ago were very similar in so many ways to how we are now.  There are huge differences, to be sure.  But many similarities!

One of my favorite people is Robert Baden-Powell.  You may recognize him as the founder of the Boy Scouts.  I have been affiliated with the Boy Scouts, in one way or another, for 47 years.  It is a terrific program for young men.  I have a book entitled Scouting for Boys.  It is the original 1908 edition.  This is the book that preceded the first Boy Scout Handbook in 1911 (I have one of those too...).  These books are full, full, full of information.  And information that you and I can use.  Scouting for Boys is terrific.

Here is an entry on page 226 I thought to share with you...

"Early Rising - The scout's time for being most active is in the early morning.  A scout needs to train himself to the habit of getting up very early; and when once he is in the habit it is no trouble at all to him, like it is to some fat fellows who lie asleep after the daylight has come.

The Emperor Charlemagne, who was a great scout in the old days, used always to get up in the middle of the night.  The Duke of Wellington, who, like Napoleon Bonaparte, preferred to sleep on a little camp bed, used to say, 'When it is time to turn over in bed, it is time to turn out.'

Many men who manage to get through more work than others in a day, do so by getting up an hour or two earlier.  By getting up early you also can get more time for play.

If you get up one hour earlier than other people you get thirty hours a month more of life than they do; while they have twelve months in the year, you get 365 extra hours, or thirty more days -- that is thirteen months to their twelve!"

Robert Baden-Powell wanted a Scout Motto that was short and to the point.  It is said he thought up one that shared his initials -- Be Prepared

My recommendation:   Thomas Jefferson said that the sun never caught him still laying in bed.  So, don't be a "fat fellow" - before the sun turns up, turn out of bed!  There is much to be said for "early to bed, early to rise."  Little things can make big differences!

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 37 commentsJay Markanich • February 28 2009 07:00AM

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My goodness Jay - what time do you retire to bed in the evening?  I hope it is at least 7-8pm or you're not getting enough sleep to stay healthy!!!

The Centre for Disease Control notes that, according to the National Sleep Foundation, most adults need seven to nine hours of nightly sleep to feel fully rested, and kids need more sleep.

It is only 8am on a Sat morning . . .  I'm going back to bed :0)

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Hi Susan!  I get 6-7 every night.  And I sleep very well.  Sometimes on Saturday, Sunday or holidays I am up at 5, but rarely...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 10 years ago

Jay: I love this post. Early morning is when I get my inspiration for the day....either to paint or to tackle the closet that I've been neglecting.

My father-in-law gets up at 6 am every day (he is 87 and painted the extrior of his house last spring)

Posted by Susan Gonzalez Faux painting murals atlanta (Marietta Mural & Decorative Design) over 10 years ago

Wow - two Susan's in a row!  Judging from your website, you get a LOT of inspiration!  You do good stuff!  I think I would like your father-in-law!  To edit, run your mouse arrow over the lower right corner of your post.  You will see Edit pop up.  Then you can erase the second post if you want!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 10 years ago

Thanks--I had to switch to Firefox browser to see that

Posted by Susan Gonzalez Faux painting murals atlanta (Marietta Mural & Decorative Design) over 10 years ago

We always found it interesting, when attending seminars etc in the U.S. or simply with a U.S. commpany or trainer coming over to us in the UK or now in Canada . . . the Seminars begin sooooo much earlier.  7:30 coffee with an 8am start time was torture!!  They'd wonder why people straggled in at 9 or 9:30 !  I used to belong to an international organization and the U.S team had this 5 oclock club that they thought the rest of world should join - OMG not a chance!!  The rest of the world does not conduct business at these hours.  We'd much prefer to begin later in the day and work later into the evening. 

Jay, I'm glad you're getting 7 hours - are you married?

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Susan - that's one reason why the rest of the world does not have the kind of economic productivity that the US has.  Yes, I am quite married - my wife is used to my schedule, though does not share in it!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 10 years ago

Jay -  I'll not get into a discussion about US economics at this time :0) we all read the news.   The rest of the world works the same number of hours but just at, what we think, is a more civilized hour.

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Hi Jay ~ I too love to get up early - the early morning peace and quiet is just what the doctor ordered.  But since I discovered Active Rain I'm staying up waaaaay too late - something's gotta give! 

Liz

PS - Edited to add - thanks a million for pointing out how to edit comments! I hadn't found that info anywhere since the format changed.

Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) over 10 years ago

Susan - I am quite comfortable discussing economics, US or otherwise, at any time!

Elizabeth - if something is gonna give, Baden-Powell would say it should be AR!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 10 years ago

I love getting up early.  Early for me is 5:30.  I would like to make that 5:00- I think, after reading this post, I will work on that.  Great time to get work done, or reflect.

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) over 10 years ago

Cindy - it is amazing.  If there is a project you want to get done, a devoted hour a day will knock it out more quickly than most people think.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 10 years ago

So, what time do you go to sleep.  I find the more sleep I can get the more clear minded and sharper witted I am.  Doesn't really matter when you wake, but it matters that you get enough sleep.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 10 years ago

Jay, You might occasionally catch me posting at 3 am but that if before I go to sleep. Can I count those hours?

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 10 years ago

Gabe - I am usually in bed by 830, but sometimes not until 9.  I agree with you.

Margaret - you are the boss of you...!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 10 years ago

I have not been an early riser. I get a lot done early or late so to me it does not matter, but I feel a little better when i am an early riser.

Posted by Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert (RE/MAX Results) over 10 years ago

Chuck - "Early to bed, early to rise..."  Try it!  You might like it!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 10 years ago

Jay, I know a lot of people that extend their day by staying up late----I too was always a morning person.  All my building career the lumber yard in rural upstate NY opened at 6am----I was always there when the gate opened----during those years I was up by 4.  Now with reports to get out in a timely fashion it seems that I have had to go to a more late night approach:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 10 years ago

Charlie - are you healthy, wealthy and wise?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 10 years ago

3AM -- you are even too nuts to be a home inspector, and that is pretty Nutsy.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 10 years ago

OK, Jay!  You're making me feel like a lazy slug here!  I often sleep until 8!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Steven - just trying to be like my goal...  isn't that how I get certifried?

Patricia - for me it's just body clock.  I flake out around 830!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 10 years ago

Jay, you can be sure that I will never call you at 4 a.m.  If I'm waking up at 4 a.m., it better be to catch an international flight to some island paradise.  While I wake up every morning by 6:30 or 7 without an alarm clock, I'm often quite productive late into the night (when I want to be).

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) over 10 years ago

Brian - I am one of those who never uses an alarm clark either!  If I need to wake up at 2am to catch a flight, I just wake up.  If I want to sleep in (until 330) I just wake up.  But, if you ever need to call at 4am, feel free - I will catch it in one ring!

Have a good time at the "convention"...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 10 years ago

I'll take the extra time in sleep, thank you. Why do people who are early birds always make it a moral issue?

Posted by Leslie Prest (Prest Realty) over 10 years ago

Leslie - I'm not sure where morality plays into it, but it is a great suggestion to get some extra time for things.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 10 years ago

Jay, I usually get up at 6. No alarm clock. I like the quite time before the ruckus starts.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 10 years ago

James - me too...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 10 years ago

HA!  Folks would be surprised to know that we (you and I) often attempt to solve the problems of humanity at the wee hours of 5:00 - 6:00 a.m.

 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 6 years ago

I was about to write, "how did I miss this"...and then I noticed this is from 2009 before I joined.  Anyway, super concept.  I find I can be super productive during those wee hours...and it gets me energized and feeling productive before the day even starts...leading to much more productive day as I'm in a better mood/more positive.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 6 years ago

Wow, how in the world did you two find this!?

Lenn - I consider it my time.  However, as you know, we contact each other frequently during that time!

Debbie - when someone gets up early and encroaches on my time I feel invaded!  I get a lot done.

It's good to know you two aren't fat fellows.    ;>)

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

I love it, Jay.  I'm typically up at 4:15 am.  That's my best time for gettting a jump on the day.  I really enjoyed the writing style in the book.  Too funny, but so true.

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 6 years ago

Mike - what's going on!?  Howcome this is suddenly found by three people this morning!?

I love that old book.  I have to wonder how many people have actually read it!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

I wonder though what time you go to bed if you are up that early. I am an advocate of 8 hours sleep.

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) over 6 years ago

I go to bed right after reports are done Charles!  That can be 9 or so.  In my whole life I have never gotten a regular 8 hours.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Jay,   I have a wierd pattern of sleeping.  I usually hit the bed around 10-11 each night but then I find myself up around 2:00 working on loans, cathching up on emails, or housework.  Then I normally go back to bed around 4 and sleep for an hour or so before I have to get the kids up for school.  I wish I could sleep till 5 then get up early but always that early morning hits me and I feel the need to wake up.

Posted by Stephanie Stringer, Mortgage Loan Originator (First Choice Loan Services NMLS#210764) over 6 years ago

Interesting pattern, Stephanie, but I bet that quiet, alone time is profitable for you!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

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