Only a few people will be able to spend a vacation at a private island in the Caribbean like the Obama’s. The former president certainly deserves a vacation after working for 8 years in the Oval Office. However, if you will study Obama’s daily habits that were developed in the 8 years of working in an intense environment, there is so much to learn.
The way that Obama approached the pressures of being the US president will provide people with an insight on how to manage stress and day-to-day responsibilities. During his presidency, Obama spent the first 45 minutes in the gym to lift weights and perform cardio exercises. Obama also stopped drinking coffee. In an interview, he told journalist Michael Lewis that exercise is very important so as not to break down.
If you will look at the photographs of Obama while in office, you will notice his fondness for blue or grey suit. This shows that the former US president has attempted to extract all the small decisions that have to be made daily like what to wear and what to eat so that he could avoid decision fatigue. As a result he has more energy to be decisive on more serious concerns of the country.
Obama suggested Daniel Kahneman’s book “Thinking Fast and Slow” regarding decision-making to better understand why and how people make decisions. Kahneman, a Noble Prize-winning psychologist has explained the pros and cons between going with the gut and thinking things thoroughly.
Obama has always compartmentalized his time to be able to focus during his presidency. The best example of his skill at compartmentalization was very noticeable during the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner where just before he poked fun at Trump’s insistence that he was not an American citizen, he had just ordered a raid for the capture of Osama Bin Laden.
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