Two key hacks for staying focused and productive

Jack Dorsey is the CEO of two major technology companies, Twitter and Square, and he also sits on the board of Walt Disney.

In a world of accelerating change, how does he manage to keep up with the key issues facing not one but three major companies?

His answer is that having a constant routine is essential. He says it brings him

a steady state that enables me to be more effective when I do have to react to something out of band.”

And as part of that routine, Dorsey recommends “two key hacks”:

Meditation and exercise!

Dorsey starts each day at 5am with 30 minutes of meditation. Then he does a seven-minute workout three times before having his first cup of coffee. Then he gets on with his day.

A churning world is bringing us more issues to deal with, increasing the urgency for handling them, and also making them harder to address. Two good ways to increase our productivity and effectiveness, as Jack Dorsey knows, are to set aside time for meditation and exercise. They connect us deeply with what matters most to us and prepare us for whatever the day might bring.

Would you like to increase your productivity and focus? Do you have a consistent routine? Might it be useful to adopt some of what Jack Dorsey does?

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

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

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