Two key hacks for staying focused and productive

Jack Dorsey

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

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

Dorsey’s answer is that having a constant routine is essential: 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 as part of that routine, Dorsey recommends what he calls “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 brings us more issues to deal with, makes them harder to address, and increases the urgency for handling them. But as Jack Dorsey has found, a good way to increase our productivity and effectiveness is to set aside time for meditation and exercise. They connect us deeply with what matters most to us and prepare us for what the day will 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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