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Productivity Cast

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The weekly show about all things personal productivity


019 Maker, Manager and the Artist’s Productivity – ProductivityCast

Eight years ago Paul Graham wrote an article characterizing two different types of time management, each centering on either a maker or manager perspective. The maker schedule is that of the individual who needs longer stretches of time in order to create, whereas the manager schedule is structured around meetings and shorter periods of work times. But times, they are a-changing...and fast!  In this cast, the ProductivityCast team looks at potentially new additions to the maker and manager schedules (ergo, the maker, manager and the artist's productivity...and individual, too!), and how to attempt to master time management in a changing world.

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In this Cast

Ray Sidney-Smith

Augusto Pinaud

Francis Wade

Art Gelwicks

Show Notes

Resources we mention, including links to them will be provided here. Please listen to the episode for context.


“Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule” by Paul Graham

Maker vs Manager’s Schedules


Google Calendar

Principle of Universalizability

The Platinum Rule by Dr. Tony Alessandra

The Platinum Rule - Sample Report

Keirsey Temperament Sorter

16 Personalities


McKinsey article:

Meetingless Meetings by Francis Wade

Getting Things Done by David Allen

Agile project management


Top Brain, Bottom Brain: Surprising Insights into How You Think by Stephen Kosslyn and G. Wayne Miller

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Are you ready to manage your work and personal world better to live a fulfilling productive life then you've come to the right place productivity cast the weekly show about all things product to Vittie here your host Ray Sidney Smith and Augusto Pinaud with Francis Wade and Art Gelwicks Welcome everybody to ProductivityCast the weekly show about all things personal productivity we're back we're going to be talking about something really interesting to find is the maker versus manager schedules and this is a an article that was written by Paul Graham sort of an idea developed by Paul Graham back in the system when when was this article written two thousand and nine o'clock in America it's been this very older piece of work but it has it set the stage for a concept and personal productivity that I think is really important to us all I'm curious about everyone's thoughts here as we make our way through this conversation and so do you want to start off with explaining what the maker schedule is versus the manager schedule and what Paul Graham was really talking about yes the article hardens the good there is two kinds of Scots who when he goes by your schedule research for this in all twenty minutes half an hour's Ketzel were do jump from one task to the other and can really make your essential into smaller pieces if you go even today to more mother reason articles about it you will find people Musk who said he's got his schedule in five minutes increment money then not even twenty minutes one amongst a lot of people used to work then you have what he calls the maker is going to him to sketch Oh poor people on projects who require a different timetable so if you think about coding for example rather than a piece of software or a program no webpage or. Writing a book or even or in an article are things that as much as we all wish they can happen in ten minutes increments usual...

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