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Cool: Jack Dorsey’s Daily Do-And-Don’t List

Caricature of Jack Dorsey

Credit: Link Humans / Flickr; artist Alejo Malia

One of my “if you could have dinner with anyone” people is Jack Dorsey. I’ve found the guy fascinating ever since I read Vanity Fair’s piece on him and found out he and I share a love of city infrastructure.

We also, it turns out, share a love of lists. @Jack keeps a list of daily do’s and don’ts to help himself stay productive:

Here’s some of the items from Jack’s “do” list:

  1. Stay present: don’t focus on the past or the future.
  2. Be vulnerable: show people your mistakes and fears so that they can relate
  3. Drink only lemon water and red wine
  4. Six sets of 20 squats and push-ups every day, run for 3 miles, meditate on this list, stand up straight, spend 10 minutes with a heavy bag
  5. Say hello to everyone
  6. Get 7 hours of sleep

Here’s his “don’ts”:

  1. Don’t avoid eye contact
  2. Don’t be late
  3. Don’t set expectations and not meet them
  4. Don’t eat sugar
  5. Don’t drink hard liquor or beer during the weekday

Even if you don’t agree with everything on this list (I don’t know how the hell I’m gonna not eat sugar or get 7 hours of sleep), it’s a great idea. There’s a lot of power in physically writing things down.

I haven’t yet settled on what should be on my list, but I am making one, and I’ll share it here once I feel like it’s ready — I want to be mindful of No. 3 on the “Don’t” list.

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