Journalist Tried Donald Trump's Daily Routine For A Week: "I Don't Know How He Does It"

Date April 27, 2018 17:31

Previously, Donald Trump mentioned that being a president is harder than he thought.


In one of his interviews, he said:

I love my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life.

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And now, one brave journalist, Shana Lebowitz, decided to try the busy schedule of the American President.

She pieced together his daily routine based on articles in Axios and in The New York Times, and tried to replicate it for 5 working days.

The morning routine

It was reported that the President wakes up at 5:30 and starts something called "executive time,” which is watching cable news. He doesn’t typically start work – that is, he has his first meeting of the day – earlier than 11 a.m.


On the first day of the experiment, Shana woke up at 5:30 and dragged herself to the couch for the "executive time” – she found a YouTube channel with streaming cable news and started watching them. An hour later, she woke up. Shana did a very unpresidential thing - fell asleep while watching the news.


On the following mornings, she managed to stay awake thanks to loads of caffeine. One morning, she was asked if she had learned anything watching the news, but Shana couldn’t remember a single piece of information.

Shorter working hours – awesome or terrible?

Having a typical working day that starts at 9:30 and ends at 6:30, Lebowitz wasn’t sure she could squeeze everything between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.


To her surprise, she was as productive as usual. Maybe knowing that the job needs to be done in a shorter period of time made her work harder? But it created the feeling of guilt as she had to leave the job earlier than her colleagues.


Staying up late

It was said that Trump sleeps four to five hours a night, which means he goes to bed around midnight. He might be what scientists call a “short-sleeper,” but Shana isn’t one. She rarely stayed up for later than 11 p.m.

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The verdict

After finishing the experiment, Lebowitz said:

I am exhausted. Still exhausted, I should say.

She continued:

I don’t know how he does it.

Shana concluded that the Trump’s routine is not for her, calling it “enervating.


That makes us feel a little bit more respect for the U.S. President’s job. As President Clinton said:

This job looks a lot easier when you're not sitting where I am.

Would you try this routine?

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