Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule


Jim Rohn: “Time management is the best-kept secret of the rich.”

I work every day to cultivate my ability to manage my time.  Jim Rohn’s quote above is actually part of my collection of favorite sayings that I review nearly daily.  Time management is a challenge, however.  Even when I plan a day well, external forces (or people) conspire to mess up my perfectly planned day!  I have learned that I need constant diligence to manage and keep control of my time.  

I recently reviewed a short article about how to manage a schedule that I intentionally review every six months.  Here’s a short snippet:

One reason programmers dislike meetings so much is that they’re on a different type of schedule from other people. Meetings cost them more.

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 use time that way, it’s merely a practical problem to meet with someone. Find an open slot in your schedule, book them, and you’re done.

Most powerful people are on the manager’s schedule. 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.

The article is called Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule, and I highly recommend that you read it.  (It will take you less than 5 minutes to read.)  Click here to check it out.  

This article may explain why I hate meetings (sometimes).

Either type of schedule works fine.  Problems arise when the two types of schedules meet.

I think I relate most to the author’s story about partitioning the day into two workdays – this is probably the closest to how I arrange my schedule.  Also, I really resonated with the author’s description of how dangerous and harmful speculative meetings can be for someone on the maker’s schedule.  

Do you agree?  Which schedule are you on?  Let me know in the comments below!