Two key hacks for staying focused and productive

Jack DorseyJack Dorsey is the CEO of two major tech companies: Twitter and Square (the payments processor). He also sits on the board of Walt Disney.

In a world of constant and increasing change, how does he manage to stay centred, grounded, and focused on the critical issues facing not one but three major companies?

Dorsey says that having a constant routine is important. It gives him “a steady state that enables me to be more effective when I do have to react to something out of band.”

And within that routine, Dorsey recommends two key ‘hacks’:

Meditation and exercise!

He starts each day at 5am with 30 minutes of meditation. Then he does a seven-minute workout three times, has his first cup of coffee, and gets on with the rest of his day.

A churning world brings us more issues to deal with. It makes them more difficult to address and increases the urgency for finding solutions. But, as Jack Dorsey has found, productivity and effectiveness start with meditation and exercise. They connect us deeply with what matters most to us and keep us ready for whatever might happen each day.

Would you like to increase your productivity and focus? Do you follow a consistent routine? Does it include meditation or exercise? Might it be useful to adapt Dorsey’s approach to meet your needs?

[Related:  The New York Times seven-minute workout.]

Adapted from Inner Leadership: tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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