Truman Was A Busy Man, And You Can Be, Too!

Harry S. "The Buck Stops Here" TrumanSo, I recently had an opportunity to visit the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. Not something I would have chosen myself, but it turned out to be an interesting trip nonetheless. I learned that the man was cheap, that his wife liked seafoam green, and that the term “The Buck Stops Here” (in conjunction with the lesser-known phrase “I’m From Missouri”) was a Trumanism.

I also learned, through one of the exhibits, that Truman kept a tight schedule. Tight–but do-able. Rise at 5:40 a.m. Two hours to read the papers. Twenty minutes for breakfast. A morning of meetings. Two hours for lunch and a nap…

What I’m saying is, his schedule was inspirational enough that I decided I wanted to try it out for myself. Obviously, I’m not the president of the United States of America, so I don’t have as many meetings to attend. But I do keep myself busy with my Uproxx work, and with my own writing stuff. And I’d like to make more of my days, rather than just wasting them going between Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter in an endless, sad loop. (Oops, I forgot to include that in my resolutions, but it’s one of ’em–become less addicted to social media.)

Here’s what I’ve drafted for myself using the base skeleton of Truman’s schedule on February 20, 1952:

  • 5:40 a.m. Awaken & dress. (And prayers, and tea.)
  • 6:10 a.m. Read newspapers. (For me, this actually means reading Lapham’s Quarterly, my devotional, and probably also browsing the internet. But I get two hours! So maybe I can also fit my adult reading in here, too. Oh, but I also have to do my Duolingo in here, too.)
  • 8:30 a.m. Breakfast.
  • 8:50 a.m. Answer personal e-mail. And do other life management things.
  • 9:15 a.m. Uproxx writing. (This was where Truman started all his meetings.)
  • 1:00 p.m. Lunch & nap. (And exercise.)
  • 3:00 p.m. Personal writing.
  • 6:45 p.m. Cocktails & dinner with Mr. Huffman. (Hah.)
  • 8:24 p.m. Fiction reading.
  • 10:37 p.m. Bedtime.

So, yes. It’s approximately seven hours of sleep a night, with a nap thrown in the center of the day. But it’s great, right? Productive?

I sure hope so. I do have a tendency to get stuck on the internet and completely ruin my intended schedule. And I will still have to take Fridays off to run my errands. But I think I can do it, y’all. I think I can do it.

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