Friday, September 11, 2009

Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule

I stumbled on this article a while back and have been meaning to share it via this forum. This is a quick essay on two different methods for scheduling/organizing your work day - centered around the role of a manager or a "maker." If I were to think about the maker/manager question along a continuum, I would definitely be weighted towards the manager end. However, since I come from a programming background, the impacts described related to how a maker is impacted by meetings definitely manifest themselves in my day as well.

Pretty interesting read. Here is a snippet or two:
There are two types of schedule, which I'll call the manager's schedule and the maker's schedule. The manager's schedule is for bosses. It's embodied in the traditional appointment book, with each day cut into one hour intervals. You can block off several hours for a single task if you need to, but by default you change what you're doing every hour.
When you're operating on the maker's schedule, meetings are a disaster. A single meeting can blow a whole afternoon, by breaking it into two pieces each too small to do anything hard in...For someone on the maker's schedule, having a meeting is like throwing an exception. It doesn't merely cause you to switch from one task to another; it changes the mode in which you work.

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