Every year I make it a point to re-read Paul Graham’s Maker’s Schedule, Manager Schedule post. This year, I thought I would re-read it, share it with you, and share some thoughts.
So, before we continue, please read Graham’s short post Maker’s Schedule, Manager Schedule. Done? Awesome!
What did you think? Could you easily classify yourself as a Maker or as a Manager? For my 9-5 job, I’m on manager time but I try to carve out my mornings into a Maker schedule. When I’m working on personal projects or projects for Dented Box I choose the Maker schedule.
As part of my Maker time I do some other things too:
- Batch items together (4 Hour Work Week) – This is where you consolidate items and do them in one sprint. For example, why not pay all of your bills at once instead of logging into your banking website every time you get a bill?
- Set a timer for tasks (Internet Business Mastery) – I use a Chrome extension called Timer to set a timer for certain tasks, usually 30 minutes. This puts a little more pressure on me to focus at the task at hand instead of bouncing around between Facebook and the respective task.
- Create action/check lists (Week Chart by David Lee) – This helps me stay focused on the goal and big picture. The act of writing on a physical piece of paper also helps me remember the specific tasks. Post it notes or index cards also work.
For me, there’s also a downside to the three activities above. If I don’t complete or get to the tasks on the list I can become a bit frustrated or agitated. Dang it, I set a goal and didn’t make it! All I need to do is remind myself that I can still get to it but it will have to be penciled in and prioritized. There we have it, I use a hybrid system. Maker time with blocks of activities that may or may not have a schedule.
What’s your style?