BRONWYN NORTJE: The business of time
Most politicians these days read the first headline of the day while they are still in their pyjamas
I stand with Donald Trump when it comes to taking control of your diary. Earlier this year, a source within the White House leaked a copy of the president’s private daily schedule. The document gives every detail of nearly every day of his diary for the previous three months. The shocker was that more than half of the president’s time was dedicated to something rather vaguely and mysteriously named "executive time". The schedule shows that on a typical day, Trump allocates between three and five hours — or almost 60% of his total time — to "executive time". He is reportedly up at around 5.30am to catch up on the news and fire off a few of his infamous tweets, before making his first calls at 6am. His schedule then places him at "Location: Oval Office" from 8am to 11am for the first three hours of daily "executive time". After that, his days are filled with the usual meetings with high-level foreign and domestic officials, travel, lunches, events and — often — more "executive time". ...