Office Hours

Most people understand there's a difference between those who make and those who manage. What you may not realize, however, is that there's also a fundamental difference in how they measure productivity. Paul Graham, a computer scientist and overall big deal in the world of business and technology, calls this the difference between the Maker's Schedule and the Manager's Schedule. I'll let his words on the matter suffice, but it's worth a read if you have a few minutes to spare.

So why is this relevant? As a creative/entrepreneur, I am both—often simultaneously—maker and manager. This isn't unique to me, there's many of us out there. As such, we wear different hats at different times. And we're often frustrated by how difficult that can be. Understanding the differences between how maker's and manager's optimize their work lives is a major asset of productivity. Practically for me, this plays itself out through weekly office hours.

Every now and then I'll get requests to meet up and talk shop, network with a friend of a friend, or anything in between. And because I love meeting new people I usually try to say, "yes" even though it's not always beneficial for my maker's schedule. Weekly office hours are perfect for this. So... if you'd like to meet up for any or all of the above, hit me up on twitter and let me know. I'll send you deets about that weeks time and place. — To new beginnings!