How We Spend Our Days Is How We Spend Our Lives – Annie Dillard.
How to balance these two completely different responsibilities? Throughout my career, this has been one of the biggest challenges I encounter.
I love to be creative, to make, to design products, and writing stories like I’m doing now.
But with building a business, you manage a lot: clients, co-workers, planning projects, etc.
I struggle with the right balance between those two completely different responsibilities.
What I learned last year is that I don’t want to be a manager only. I miss the making progress, building something from scratch.
Today I do both. I make & I manage.
I spend quite some time thinking about how to do this productively and on a consistent basis.
What is the right balance?
Then I found this article again; 🔗 Maker vs. Manager: How Your Schedule Can Make or Break You by Farnam Street.
It brakes merely down the difference between being a maker or manager.
When you’re operating on the maker’s schedule, meetings are a disaster. A single meeting can blow a whole afternoon, by breaking it into two pieces each too small to do anything hard in. Plus you have to remember to go to the meeting. That’s no problem for someone on the manager’s schedule. There’s always something coming on the next hour; the only question is what. But when someone on the maker’s schedule has a meeting, they have to think about it.
Managing your time is about defining your Schedule, and once that is done you need to be disciplined to follow this process.
There are two key reasons that the distinction between maker and manager schedules matters for each of us and the people we work with.
First, defining the type of schedule we need is more important than worrying about task management systems or daily habits. If we try to do maker work on a manager schedule or managerial work on a maker schedule, we will run into problems.
Second, we need to be aware of which schedule the people around us are on so we can be considerate and let them get their best work done.
I plan to reinstate my schedule to block time for creative stuff and managing days.
On my makers day, I plan time in to manage important issue’s early in the morning and afternoon. When shit hits the fan, I’m available during lunch.
In the past, this was productive, but this was in a different environment and a different stage of our company.
But I’m optimistic that this will help to spend less time in E-mail boxes, phone calls, and be more and more a maker again.
So here we go!
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order—willed, faked, and so brought into being; it is a peace and a haven set into the wreck of time; it is a lifeboat on which you find yourself, decades later, still living. Each day is the same, so you remember the series afterward as a blurred and powerful pattern.