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Does the President need a skedsheet?

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In the March 2nd Houston Chronicle, there was an article describing the constraints on President Obama’s time every day – because of the incredible demands on his schedule, he’s got an army of assistants who’s only job is to filter out the letters, phone calls, and meetings that he can pay attention to.

I think the point of the article was to give a glimpse into the day-to-day mechanics of being the president, but I honed in on the tiny paragraph that was related to how they actually do the scheduling:

The White House scheduling department logs all requests for Obama’s time, compiles a spreadsheet of options and asks a cadre of senior advisers for input.

Based on how they describe the process, it sounds like a good job for a skedsheet – they use a spreadsheet for scheduling, lots of people need access, and several are actually making the changes.  (I wonder how they track changes in a spreadsheet if a whole scheduling department is trying to move appointments?)  Then, after the advisors and the president agree, an official schedule is sent out via a press release.

Now, having every minute of your calendar full seems like an incredible amount of pressure, and I’m sure most people wouldn’t want a job like that.  But I wonder if having a skedsheet could make the president’s life better?

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Written by Harry Hollander

March 5, 2009 at 7:21 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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