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The New Habit Challenge: Give Your Day A Theme To Stay Focused

The New Habit Challenge: Give Your Day A Theme To Stay Focused
[Photo: Flickr user Angus MacRae]

In 2011, Jack Dorsey ran both Twitter and Square, putting in about 16 hours of work a day. With all the tasks and details Dorsey had to manage, not to mention the countless distractions and interruptions that come with being the boss of two companies, you can imagine how difficult it would be to keep focused and productive.

To get it all done and stay on track, Dorsey allotted a theme for each day, which he said allowed him to quickly recall and refocus on the day’s task once a distraction was out of the way.

Here’s what his schedule looked like:

Monday: Focus on management and running the company
Tuesday: Focus on product
Wednesday: Focus on marketing and communications and growth
Thursday: Focus on developers and partnerships
Friday: Focus on the company and the culture and recruiting
Saturday: Take day off to hike
Sunday: Focus on reflections, feedback, strategy, and getting ready for the rest of the week

For the next week, I will put Dorsey’s productivity hack to the test and see for myself if the key for hyper-focus is knowing ahead of time the tasks each workday holds by allotting a theme for each day. I hope you’ll join me.

Log on to our New Habit Challenge Live Chat on Friday, December 12 at 11 a.m. ET to find out how it went and share your thoughts. Or send an email with what you loved or hated about the challenge to habits@fastcompany.com by end of day Thursday, December 11.

RG