It’s late July. The 4th has come and gone, and we’re starting to see autumnal items make their way onto the store shelves. The kids have got another month or so to go before they’re back at the books. Looking forward to, or have you already taken that week by the lake this summer?
Barack Obama has got his vacation on his mind as well. That and then some. I’d love to tell you that I got a few moments with Mr. Obama earlier this week, but unfortunately he was busy meeting with David Cameron, the Tory Party leader in the UK. What I DID have time for this week was to catch an excellent article in the New York Times about Mr. Obama’s and Cameron’s ‘hey is this thing on?’ quasi-open mic conversation they had last week:
Mr. Cameron: You should be on the beach. You need a break. Well, you need to be able to keep your head together.
Mr. Obama: You’ve got to refresh yourself.
Mr. Cameron: Do you have a break at all?
Mr. Obama: I have not. I am going to take a week in August. But I agree with you that somebody, somebody who had worked in the White House who — not Clinton himself, but somebody who had been close to the process — said that should we be successful, that actually the most important thing you need to do is to have big chunks of time during the day when all you’re doing is thinking. And the biggest mistake that a lot of these folks make is just feeling as if you have to be …
Mr. Cameron: These guys just chalk your diary up.
Mr. Obama: Right. … In 15 minute increments and …
Mr. Cameron: We call it the dentist waiting room. You have to scrap that because you’ve got to have time.
Mr. Obama: And, well, and you start making mistakes or you lose the big picture. Or you lose a sense of, I think you lose a feel …
Mr. Cameron: Your feeling. And that is exactly what politics is all about. The judgment you bring to make decisions.
Mr. Obama: That’s exactly right. And the truth is that we’ve got a bunch of smart people, I think, who know 10 times more than we do about the specifics of the topics. And so if what you’re trying to do is micromanage and solve everything then you end up being a dilettante, but you have to have enough knowledge to make good judgments about the choices that are presented to you.
Whether you’re planning on support Barack or John this November, you’ve got to give Obama some credit here. He’s taking advice from some very smart people. These people have advised him to take time to think.
Obama may be running for president, you may be running a small business, but at the end of the day, both of you are striving for the same goal: To steer the ship on the right path, avoid the icebergs, keep the crew happy, and try to leave her in a better condition for the next captain.
Using TSheets as a time tracking tool for your employees is one way to cut down on costs, but it’s also a great way for you, as the business owner to organize and review your own time management.
Do it like Barack.
If senior White House advisers, close to both Clinton and Obama advise scheduling time to think, shouldn’t you be doing the same?