If you think your workday is busy, try having a job with 300 million bosses, a 24-hour news cycle of critics, and a to-do list that is often life or death. That’s President Obama’s job.
A job with huge responsibility and a lot of difficult decisions every day.
According to a cool article by 99U, this are the 5 productivity tips on how President Barack Obama gets things done.
1. Your day begins the night before
Obama stays up working at night, when his family is already in bed. He works on things that have been left unfinished during the day.
This time is also spend on preparing important stuff for the next days.
2. Limit decision fatigue
Facing an excruciating number of decision to make every day, President Obama tries to limit his information intake.
Obama: “I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.”
He also prefers simple “decision memos” with three options: agree, disagree, let’s discuss.
3. Shut out your critics
The President doesn’t watch the news where he is constantly criticised and commented on.
Instead he filters the news as much as possible and watches SportsCenter instead.
4. Exercise & workout
Every day starts with a 45 minutes workout. He also plays basketball regularly with friends.
Obama: “The rest of my time will be more productive if you give me my workout time.”
5. Personal time is sacred
President Obama has three fixed windows of personal time every day: the morning gym time, dinner with his daughters and the nighttime after his family falls asleep.
So, what do you think? I’m sure that everybody can implement this presidential productivity tips in their daily lives and profit from them.