Can We Ban Mid-Morning Meetings Please?

This year I started timeblocking my days.

Breaking my day up into hour-long chunks and scheduling tasks to do within that time. It all started so well. Then a meeting would get scheduled in the middle of my morning and I wouldn't be able to get into any kind of significant work, because all I felt was the meeting looming.

I kept wondering why it bothered me so much to have a meeting in the middle of my morning. Then I read an article by Paul Graham on Maker Schedule, Managers Schedule and it all started to make sense.

πŸ‘‰ Managers live by the hour. Easily moving from one thing to the next

πŸ‘‰ Makers days are divided into two. Morning time and afternoon time. They need long blocks to work uninterrupted.

Ah! It all made sense. I'm a maker, not a manager. So I started to change the way I scheduled my day away from hourly blocks to just two blocks a day - morning and afternoon.

But I can't be a maker all the time, I still have to manage people. So now I also split my days between the two types:

πŸ‘‰ Mon/Wed - Manager days where I live by the hour

πŸ‘‰ Tues/Thur - Maker days where I have long uninterrupted stretches of time.

πŸ‘‰ Fri - A combo of both.

Now I'm even ok with the manager days because I know that I have my maker days to work in long uninterrupted stretches of time.

If you've ever felt your day derailed because of a mid morning meeting, maybe it's time to try the makers schedule.

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