Jack Dorsey’s Insane Daily Work Schedule That Helps Him Manage Twitter and Square 359

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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The Importance of Exercise to Your Professional Success 4

The Importance of Exercise to Your Professional Success

In today’s world, most jobs are demanding both physically and mentally. Competition is not always based on the best resume, education, or experience. Having the upper hand in your profession is most likely linked to your ability to think quickly, act appropriately, and carry out difficult duties with the utmost quality.

You need to be able to bring something new, different, and maybe even better to the table. So, how can you get the edge? How can you maximize your professional potential and output?

Believe it or not, the answer to that question might be found outside the workplace. It may be what you do when you are not at work that makes the difference in your work. What is it? EXERCISE, that’s what!

Replace Some Screen Time or Other Time Wasters.

Everyone needs to take a break from the workday. Television, gaming, social media, and video-viewing are what we often go to for this.

Try replacing some of your downtime with exercise, or trying exercising while you are in front of the screen. Exercising instead of sitting will not only help relieve some stress from your day but also help release some built up tension so you can actually rest better at night, helping you be better prepared for the next work day.

Exercising a few hours before bedtime elevates your body temperature. When your body temperature returns to normal, your brain and body are ready to sleep.

Exercise Sharpens Your Thinking.

It is a fact that as we age, our cognitive abilities decline.

While researchers may not have found the cure for dementia-related disorders, they do know that exercise helps delay onset or slow down its progression. Exercising during the years of 25 – 45 can boost the brain chemicals that prevent shrinking of the brain. It has also been shown to create new brain cells and increase proteins found in the brain that help keep thinking skills sharp.

Exercise Reduces Sick Time.

Exercise improves general health functioning and helps build your immunity to illnesses.

It has also been shown to increase our ability to think and work under stress, rather than giving in to the stress and being more susceptible to illness.

This keeps you reporting to work on a regular basis, and taking less sick days. The more you are at work, the more productive you are, and the more your employer values you.

Working Out Increases Your Stamina.

Long work days can leave you drained and listless. If you know you are facing long meetings, strenuous work sessions, or overtime for increased production demands, you can prepare to meet these challenges head-on.

As you exercise, over time your stamina will be able to withstand longer and more strenuous workouts. It also translates into helping you stay sharp during those long, arduous workdays.

Yes, How You Look Does Count.

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While it may never be mentioned, your appearance is noticed by employers, co-workers, interviewers, etc. You do not necessarily need to look like a buff bodybuilder, but having a svelte, strong appearance is a benefit.

Other’s first perception of you is of great importance. Think about interviewing prospective employees. Honestly consider the impact of their first impression on their employment outlook. Healthy looking is definitely a check in the “yes” column.

Energy levels are also higher when you are exercising regularly, and your energy is part of how you are perceived overall. When you start to feel better about yourself, you begin to present a more positive image to your coworkers.

It Boosts Your Confidence.

When you have conquered a goal in your exercise plan, like being able to run an entire mile instead of having to stop and walk some, you know you have accomplished something. You are on your way to bigger and better goals.

There may have been times along the way that you felt like that milestone would never come, but here it is. You feel proud and motivated to keep working toward your next goal. You see the fruits of your labor. You are energized and begin to feel better about yourself overall.

You begin to feel a sense of accomplishment that does not leave when you exit the gym doors. You carry that as a boost in your confidence as you go into work.

Bring the Habits of Exercise to Work.

What else do you learn through exercise? Goal setting, resilience, perseverance, learning new things, taking chances, organizing and managing your time, just to name a few. These are great skills to boost your performance at work, too.

You begin to realize that you can take what you have learned through setting up and sticking with an exercise plan to the workplace. You can use all these skills in your career. As you do, you will become more confident and thus, more effective in your daily tasks.

All of these are learned by starting, committing to, and following through with a fitness plan, and can become more of a life plan.

If you are looking for a job, being physically fit might not get you the job, but it will definitely help your chances. Your first impression is incredibly important, so do not brush off exercise and fitness lightly.

Exercise has so many benefits like sharpening thinking, building stamina, increasing energy, reducing negative effects of stress, building immunity, and boosting self-confidence. This can really help you in your professional success.

The benefits extend beyond your exercise time.

They stay with you day in and day out. If you are not currently exercising regularly, just start today, doing something small. Some sit-ups in front of the television, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, cleaning up your diet, or increasing your walking pace as you move around the office are good ways to get started. You will feel the benefits, even with these small steps.