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Maker time and Manager time

Interesting distinction to add to my styles of people: Managers and Makers, and more specifically Manager Time and Maker Time.

This post by Bruce Daisley touches on extraverts and introverts, and distinguishes a different set of time. Here’s a direct quote from the article

Just over a decade ago tech venture capitalist Paul Graham told us about the difference between a maker’s schedule and a manager’s schedule.

The manager’s schedule is for bosses… 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. It’s the schedule of command.

But there’s another way of using time that’s common among people who make things, like programmers and writers. They generally prefer to use time in units of half a day at least… 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. Plus you have to remember to go to the meeting. That’s no problem for someone on the manager’s schedule. There’s always something coming on the next hour; the only question is what. But when someone on the maker’s schedule has a meeting, they have to think about it.

While Graham wasn’t talking about extroverts and introverts there’s some alignment here. Introverts and makers prefer long blocks of time to concentrate. Extroverts and managers prefer short bursts of energy and then are re-upped by a change of focus. The challenge is when these meet.

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