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Show me your calendar, and I’ll tell you who you are

Are you reading this between meetings? Let me guess: If you’re a manager — you answered, “sure am”; if you’re a maker — you answered, “thankfully, no”

By Stephan Schulze

In his classic post Maker’s schedule, manager’s schedule, Y Combinator founder Paul Graham describes these distinct approaches:

“There are two types of 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.
When you’re operating on the maker’s schedule, meetings are a disaster. A single meeting can blow a whole afternoon”.

As CTO, my day is fragmented into meetings with my team or peers in Project A’s portfolio companies and dotted with administrative tasks. But as a maker — developer, designer, writer, take your pick— your job is profoundly different, and so is your calendar.

That’s why my calendar looks like a neatly-organized box of Legos, while my team’s calendars are calm stretches of focus time.

This is the only way they can be creative and do their job.

A screenshot juxtaposes two calendars: on the left, a manager‘s busy schedule, packed with meetings from 7 am until 6 pm. On the right is a developer’s empty daily agenda.
A Manager vs. Maker type of day (Screenshot)

What does your calendar look like? Let me know!