What do you do in your day? How do you spend your time? I had mentioned in a previous post that I'm in the middle of a challenge of some close friends to track how we spend our time over 28 days. Thanks to Charles for forwarding me the article below about how President Obama spends his "non-work" time.
I love to know how people spend their time, so you can imagine my glee when I came across a article over the weekend where Obama explains his typical day:
"I'm a night owl. My usual day [is]: I work out in the morning; I get to the office around 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.; work till about 6:30 p.m.; have dinner with the family, hang out with the kids and put them to bed about 8:30 p.m. And then I'll probably read briefing papers or do paperwork or write stuff until about 11:30 p.m. and then I usually have about a half hour to read before I go to bed . . . about midnight, 12:30 a.m. -- sometimes a little later."
You might not know it, but there is a treasure trove of information in this little paragraph about what the leader of the most powerful nation in the world values. Let's CSI this:
Mental energy. President Obama knows that he gets his most mental energy at night. ("I'm a night owl.") He probably thinks clearest at night and finds that he can make the best decisions late at night when much of the country is sleeping.
Morning routine. Health is obviously important to Obama. So much so that it's the first thing he does in the morning. He doesn't hope to squeeze in a workout if he has time, he ensures he has time by doing it first thing.
Family time. One of the biggest complaints of most parents is that they don't spend enough time with their kids. Obama makes sure he schedules time with this family each day.
Getting ahead. It's clear that the president dedicates some of his other 8 hours to getting ahead, learning, and growing. Does he need to read briefing papers or do paperwork? I'm sure he could "outsource" this to someone else, but he doesn't. He invests part of his night to his job.
According to the interview, President Obama relaxes by reading, not by watching TV. He expands his mind each night and learns something new. What I found interesting is that he's not reading about politics, foreign affairs, or anything related to his "job." He's currently reading by Joseph O'Neill, a novel about cricket -- obviously not something that will directly help him in his job.ight routine.
I don't care how busy I get or how important I think I am, if the President of the United States still has time to exercise, spend time with family, read, and grow, I certainly can, too. What about you?