Two key hacks for staying focused and productive

Jack DorseyJack 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 increasing change, how does he manage to handle the key issues facing not one but three major companies?

Dorsey says that having a constant routine is important to him. 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 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, has 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 and prepare us for what the day will bring.

Do you have a consistent routine? Would you like to increase your productivity and focus? 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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