Two key hacks for staying focused and productive

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

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

Dorsey says the answer is firstly to have a constant routine, which 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 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.

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

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 prepare us for whatever the day might bring. (Creativity and spending time in nature are two more ways to achieve this.)

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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