There are two types of people: managers and makers.

If you’re producing creative work, you’re a maker. You need large, uninterrupted blocks of time to get to your best work.

Managers are always shifting between topics. They work in 30 minute blocks.

As a product manager, you have lots of different things to take care of. Two big things to think about:

  1. Your work will be significantly better if you have scheduled large blocks of time to get real work done.
  2. You need to teach your team the importance of maker-time, and you need to help them by not scheduling meetings when the team is most productive.

Watch a great video from Google about the manager vs maker schedule. Paul Graham was the founder of the concept with this great essay.

Thanks Emiel.