Paul Graham explores the difference between the maker’s schedule and the manager’s schedule. People that know me have heard me say that “meetings are the opposite of work”. Paul offers empathy: 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. […]
For someone on the maker’s schedule, having a meeting is like throwing an exception.
Indeed. The maker’s schedule and the manager’s schedule are also an example of the tension between quality and certainty.