Entrepreneur / Startup

Maker’s schedule, Manager’s schedule

Reading an interesting post by Paul Graham (of Y Combinator) on distinguishing between two types of schedule -the “Manager’s schedule” and the “Maker’s schedule” (the premise being that the former relies on and arranges their day around meetings, whereas the latter’s productivity is completely interrupted by them). This paragraph is an interesting insight in to how Paul dealt with different working practices when he was in a startup:

“When we were working on our own startup, back in the 90s, I evolved another trick for partitioning the day. I used to program from dinner till about 3 am every day, because at night no one could interrupt me. Then I’d sleep till about 11 am, and come in and work until dinner on what I called “business stuff.” I never thought of it in these terms, but in effect I had two workdays each day, one on the manager’s schedule and one on the maker’s.”

You can read more of the article here.

(With thanks to Hutch Carpenter for spotting this.)


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