Last month I read Paul Graham’s‘ Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule post, and I’m still mulling it over.
The gist is that Makers – programmers, artists, writers, creatives – need big blocks of uninterrupted time they can use to immerse themselves in their craft and create. Manager time is all about synching the moving gears of an organization – connection, communication, cooperation, consensus are prized.
Makers keeping Manager hours can’t create: every time they’re about to actually make something, it’s time for another meeting. Managers keeping Maker hours schedule more meetings. Seriously, you need periods of time when you focus on the core job of creating, and you need blocks of time to communicate, connect, research.
So who exactly is deciding when you’ll be creating or connecting? You day-job manager, Facebook friends or worse, no one?
Bouncing back and forth between these two very different time modes repeatedly in the course of a day is a recipe for frustration and pitiful results. Why not start scheduling Maker time for yourself explicitly? How will you ever get your startup built if the only times you make are in late or very early hours of the day when its quiet – and you’re exhausted or not yet really awake?
If you want results and connection, creativity and cooperation you’d be well advised to start deciding what days and parts of days will be Maker time or Manager time. If you don’t decide and then stick to your decisions, circumstances will decide for you.
So how much Maker time (email, IM, Twitter, Facebook, cell phone are off – just you and your text editor or IDE) do you have blocked out for the next 7 days? Any?