Two key hacks for staying focused and productive

Jack Dorsey is CEO of not just one but two leading technology companies, Twitter and Square. He also sits on the board of Walt Disney.

In a world where so much is changing, how does he manage to keep up with the issues facing not just one but three major companies?

His answer is to have a constant routine. This, he says, 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.

This churning world is bringing us more issues to deal with, making them more urgent to address, and also making it harder to do so.

As Jack Dorsey knows, two good ways to increase our productivity and effectiveness are to set aside time for meditation and exercise. These connect us deeply with what matters most to us and so prepare us for whatever the day might bring. (And as this post explains,  creativity and spending time in nature are two more excellent ways to achieve the same ends.)

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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