- Jack Dorsey resigned as CEO of Twitter this week. He will be the CEO of Square, now called Block.
- He said mediation helped him deal with the stress of running two companies at once.
- I tried to meditate in 15 minute blocks for a week and I felt calm but less productive.
Jack Dorsey resigned as CEO of Twitter on Monday after nearly 16 years at the helm of the company. Dorsey will remain the CEO of Square, which he renamed and blocked two days after his split from Twitter.
The move follows concerns from investors about Gorges, Dorsey’s dual CEO, claiming that his attention and time were divided.
Dorsey said he was able to cope with the stress of running two companies at the same time by adopting strict fitness schedules, which included walking five miles to work, meditating for two hours and eating once a day. He said his lifestyle allowed him to “stay above the water” at work.
“When I went back to Twitter and started another job, I became very serious about it.
“Boardroom: Out of the Office,” he said during a podcast appearance.
I couldn’t really dedicate myself to following her whole routine, so I tried to meditate twice a day for 15 minutes to see if it worked for me. What an impact life can have.
Dorsey has specifically practiced Vapasana meditation, an ancient Buddhist meditation technique that often involves 10 days of silence. Also known as “Insight Meditation”, its guiding principle is indecision.
Unlike other meditation methods that focus on a specific mantra or concept, you should not consciously control your thoughts during Vapsana. Instead, you acknowledge any wandering thoughts and immediately return to your breath, ultimately in search of a calmer and more focused mind.
Dorsey is not the only tech CEO who swears by technology as the secret to his professional success. Sales Force CEO Mark Benoff became so convinced of the benefits that the software company added a meditation room to each floor of its San Francisco office.
Here is how meditation affected my performance at work after taking 15 minutes apart twice a day for a week.
I found the best time to meditate immediately after waking up and between changing tasks
I read online that Vapasana meditation works best in the morning, but I was worried that a quiet ritual would force me to go back to sleep. I have never been a morning man and rely heavily on coffee to start my day.
So I was really surprised that meditating immediately after waking up made me feel very alert, no caffeine needed. Although my eyes are usually closed for 15 minutes, Focus breathing helped to clear the fog that usually stays on my desk for the first hour.
I experienced similar effects when I considered switching between tasks, which are usually at lunch. The moments when I feel the least focus on work are when I have to shift gears from one article to another or from writing to interview. Meditation in the middle created a buffer and allowed my mind to refocus on its next task.
I feel significantly less stressed, but not necessarily more productive.
While I found that meditation helped reduce my level of anxiety, I found it to be more beneficial in solving high-level problems than completing short-term assignments.
In general, a healthy diet of stress and adrenaline is what gets me through the breaking news and daily deadlines. Vapasana meditation does not allow you to react to the checklist in your head and forces you to see things through the eyes of a bird, which helped me in creative idea generation and goal setting.
I think it was much harder to sit for 15 minutes without any distractions.
On the first day of the experiment, I didn’t think I could make it all week. Part of Vapasna is observing – but not reacting to – such as irritability, tingling, or even itching. Sitting upright for fifteen minutes and concentrating on my center made me become more aware of any physical aches or pains.
But after the first five minutes, focusing on my breathing felt very natural and intuitive. The hardest part was keeping my phone, turning off my laptop, and convincing myself that I could save 15 minutes in the middle of the day.