Early Morning Effectiveness

April 22, 2019 Scott Miller


I’ve always been a morning person. This started early in life – mainly as a function of my parents and their expectations of my brother and I. Mowing lawns, washing cars, weeding, etc…sadly – no cartoons and Lucky Charms for us. Through high school, I worked weekends at a local bakery and that started at 5 AM. This routine has continued my entire life. Sleeping in just ain’t in the cards for me. I’m always up before 5 AM and fast asleep by 10 PM.

It didn’t take an interview with Laura Vanderkam to convince me of the value of mornings. What the interview did, however, was challenge how intentional I am with my time before breakfast. As I reflect on it, 90% of my day is intensely scheduled, prioritized to ensure I maximize my contribution to my employer and also to my family. As a leader at FranklinCovey and a father to three boys under 8 years old, I don’t have a lot of time to languish. Little in my life happens accidentally.

My mornings are fairly frenetic (massive understatement) and I’ve come now to think about how I could invest my time differently – more deliberately. Instead of just being productive early in the mornings, I’m beginning to think about not just how much I can accomplish but specifically what I should accomplish.

I’ve started setting daily early morning goals. I identify something I can tackle before the boys come bounding down the stairs, that could have the biggest post-breakfast impact on my day. Is there something in particular that if completed, set up, or checked off early that could make my entire day more productive, less stressful, or even more relaxing?

Often it’s tackling a hard task, or something I’ve been avoiding, that can make my day more enjoyable.

This seemingly small change in my early morning routine is already paying off. Only two weeks in, but so far I’m seeing the benefit. I take on each day feeling excited and energized when I have a sizable success under my belt before my commute even begins!


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About the Author

Scott Miller

Scott J. Miller is Executive Vice President of Business Development and Chief Marketing Officer for FranklinCovey. Scott has been with the company for 20 years, and previously served as Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. His role as EVP and Chief Marketing Officer caps 12 years on the front line, working with thousands of client facilitators across many markets and countries.

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