Two key hacks for problem solving and productivity

A churning world makes us less productive. It brings us more issues to deal with, makes them more difficult to resolve, and increases the urgency for finding solutions.

Jack Dorsey is a man who knows how to handle more issues than most. He is the CEO of Twitter and Square (the payments processor). He also sits on the board of Walt Disney.

What does he do that enables him to process and address the major issues affecting not just one but three major corporations?

The answer, he says, is “consistent routine.”

Doing the same thing every day:

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

The two essential ‘hacks’ he uses to create that routine are:

Meditation and exercise!

Jack Dorsey starts each day at 5am with 30 minutes of meditation. He then exercises for around 20 minutes. Then he has his first cup of coffee and checks in to his day.

Chapter 1 of Inner Leadership recommends meditation and exercise as two key practices for connecting us deeply with whatever matters most to us. They bring stability when all around is changing. A third approach, creativity, recharges our batteries and builds our ability to find innovative solutions.

Together, a combination of all three practices enables us to remain calm no matter what happens and to respond quickly with creative solutions.

For Jack Dorsey, these practices are so important that he starts each day with them at 5am. This enables him to perform senior roles in three major corporations.

You might not want to copy his regime exactly. But like this writer at Business Insider you might find it useful to adapt his approach to your needs.

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