Jack Dorsey’s Insane Daily Work Schedule That Helps Him Manage Twitter and Square

Jack Dorsey's Insane Daily Work Schedule That Helps Him Manage Twitter and Square

I’ve talked about Jack Dorsey before in an article on the life lessons we can learn from him on startups and hard work. He encourages everyone to never stop looking out for ideas as they are everywhere around us, to be passionate about what we do as this will help us keep moving forward no matter what.

Together with that, there are the lessons he shares on the power of simplicity, having your own systems and metrics, using data to your advantage, and being action-oriented.

Now, let’s see how exactly he’s doing his thing:

1. Have themed days.

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The first and most curious thing is that he has themed days.

In an article on the uncommon habits of successful entrepreneurs, I mention his tendency to work harder than anyone else we hear about in the industry, but to keep his focus on one side of the business each day.

In an interview for Fast Company, he says this:

All my days are themed. Monday is management. At Square we have a directional meeting, at Twitter we have our opcomm [operating committee] meeting. Tuesday is product, engineering, and design. Wednesday is marketing, growth, and communications. Thursday is partnership and developers. Friday is company and culture. It works in 24-hour blocks. On days beginning with T, I start at Twitter in the morning, then go to Square in the afternoon. Sundays are for strategy, and I do a lot of job interviews. Saturday is a day off.’

That’s something many other entrepreneurs are doing in their own way.

The closest example that comes to mind is Steve Jobs. He used to dedicate Mondays to executive team meetings and Wednesdays to marketing.

In an interview for CNN Money, Jack Dorsey adds this:

So, how is this related to productivity?

The benefits of working on one aspect of the business each day are a few:

First, it’s about focus. You know that working smart and actually getting ahead is all about concentrating on the right thing and paying your whole attention to it. But we get so distracted by everything else going on and the other tasks on our list. And we end up jumping from one activity to the next, without really focusing on any of them long enough to actually get things done.

But knowing you’ll only work on a particular side of the job today makes things much simpler and easier.

This also gives some categorization. And just like you group similar things in every area of life, so it works here. We understand things better when they are grouped. It’s a way to get more organized too.

The concept of having themed days builds discipline because you do the work about every aspect that needs to be covered at the right time, regardless of whether or not you feel like it.

What’s more, you and everyone else in the company can have everything ready for the meeting, the new project, the presentation, or whatever it is you’ll be doing on that exact day.

2. Daily walks.

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Another thing Jack Dorsey does that helps him run the 2 companies smoothly is more of a personal habit that keeps him healthy and focused. That’s taking a daily walk. He refers to it as his ‘thinking time’.

Luckily, the offices of Twitter and Square are pretty close to each other and Jack himself lives within walking distance from both.

Actually, he considers this one of the key factors to being able to work that much and manage every aspect of the work in the companies.

in an interview for Business Insider, he says this:

‘As a reminder, both companies are across the street from each other, so that allows me to be at both companies every single day and be present,’

3. 100-hour workweek.

Jack likes to say that ‘Success is never accidental’. And I can’t think of a better proof of the fact that hard work pays off than every week of his life.

He has an 8-hour shift in the first company, followed by another 8 hours in the second, and works 6 days a week.

That’s the official information, of course, but it’s needless to say that he may work even more, and continue doing it on Saturday as there’s always something to get done.

Well, in the best case that’s a 96-hour workweek.

Does this mean we can’t start a business if we don’t invest that many hours in it? No, of course. It’s all about creating systems that work for you, knowing when to say ‘no’, prioritizing, delegating and managing your time effectively.

But we’re talking about running 2 billion-dollar companies here, so Jack’s case is a bit different.

4. Morning ritual.

Here’s another thing Jack Dorsey does to be able to stay on this insane schedule: his morning routine.

You probably know I’m a big fan of these as I’m writing about waking up early and kickstarting the day all the time, have talked about it on the podcast, and admire all successful people who get up before dawn, have a special routine that sets the tone for the whole days, and get to work right after it.

So with Jack Dorsey, it looks like this: He wakes up at 5, meditates, has a quick workout and makes coffee.

Simple, short and powerful. Enough to get you energized, and physically, mentally and emotionally ready to win the day.

Some other simple habits and tricks that help Jack Dorsey handle the crazy schedule he’s taken on are:

  • keeping a diary where he tracks his progress;
  • planning everything;
  • staying present;
  • making sure everyone in the companies communicate with each other and cooperates.

I believe we can all replicate some of the things Jack Dorsey does daily and see how it goes for our goals and business. Are you willing to try his work schedule?

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8 Tips for Women to Help Grow Their Career

8 Tips for Women to Help Grow Their Career

Why are there so few female CEOs? It’s a commonly discussed topic in the Australian business landscape, and often highlighted as an issue in society.

This has been made evident in the inaugural Robert Half CEO Tracker, commissioned by specialised recruiter Robert Half to identify common traits amongst the leaders of the ASX 200-listed companies. The research found the top position in the workplace is still male-dominated, as the majority of ASX 200 CEOs are men (94%). Only 12 ASX 200 CEOs are women.

It’s an unfortunate fact of the current C-suite employment market, with women underrepresented in top positions – a fact that applies to not only ASX 200-listed companies.

Despite this, it’s well known that diversified boardrooms with women represented across leadership positions bring enormous value to organisations and the wider business community. This is not just because of their wealth of experience and knowledge. But also because of their diverse perspective applied to business strategy that’s required for any organisation to succeed.

Whilst looking at the low percentage of female CEOs, within our Executive Search branch, we’re seeing a strong push for diversity from companies looking to hire at the C-suite level. Organisations are actively specifying diversity in their recruitment agendas, and not only just based on gender, but on an all-inclusive approach.

While there still is a long way to go for women to be represented equally at the boardroom table, it’s encouraging to acknowledge just how far Australian women have come and actively promote steps they can take to further their careers in the business world. More can always be done to empower women within the workplace. And understanding the common professional characteristics of top Australian CEOs is a great place to start their C-suite journey.

For women looking to hone their personal attributes, CEOs need to be clear communicators who are capable of both giving direction and accepting expert opinion. And as with all leadership positions, exceptional people skills are essential. By being assertive, forward-thinking and willing to take risks, ambitious women in the workplace can ascend the corporate ladder to the top job just as fast as their male counterparts.

How Women Can Grow Their Career

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1. Know what you really want.

Think about what you want to achieve in your career – and why. Ask yourself some important questions:

  • As a senior executive would you be willing to work long hours and take up extra responsibilities?
  • Do you like to solve complex problems?
  • Are you comfortable as a leader?
  • And, crucially, how do your family feel about you pursuing a career as a business leader?

2. Develop a career plan.

Determine what you want to achieve, and work out a detailed career plan. This will be a blueprint that maps out your journey to the top of your organisation, allowing you to focus on your ultimate career goals.

3. Work continuously on your leadership skills.

Developing leadership skills is an ongoing process and an essential element for women pursuing a management position. By developing your technical, managerial and social skills, you are more likely to climb the corporate ladder – and be better prepared for the challenges you face along the way.

4. Communicate (more) directly.

Well-developed communication skills are essential for all managers. Yet men and women often have different communication styles.

Women usually take on a more modest tone, and often tend to communicate in an assuming way (“wouldn’t it be better”, “could we perhaps”, etc.). However, for a male audience – who usually communicate in a more direct way – this style of communication can suggest you lack confidence or are unsure about the matter at hand.

5. Take risks.

Women are usually less inclined to take risks than men. Yet this is part of being a leader. If you can prove you are willing to take calculated, carefully considered risks, you’re more likely to assume a managerial position.

6. Offer to take on certain tasks, even those nobody else wants.

A willingness to take on additional projects or raise your hand for tasks that others are sidestepping, can showcase your skills beyond your normal job duties. This is a great way to demonstrate you’re a team player, who is willing to go the extra mile for the company.

7. Do not be afraid to stand out.

All great leaders stand out from the crowd. As a manager, it’s likely you will have to make tough, and at times, unpopular decisions, so be prepared to set yourself apart from others in good times – and in bad.

8. Build your network.

People like to work with people they know. So do not underestimate the possibilities offered by traditional and online networking. Building your network can be important to getting ahead.

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Robert Half Executive Search specialises in the search for and placement of executive leadership talent across a broad spectrum of function areas and industry sectors.

By being assertive, forward-thinking and willing to take risks, ambitious women in the workplace can ascend the corporate ladder to the top job just as fast as their male counterparts. Here are 8 tips to help women grow their career