The constant conflict between the Maker's Schedule and Manager's Schedule

This is something that has bothered me always for the past several years, especially in the period when I was working on my own. Paul Graham has managed to put this so eloquently into words: … There are two types of schedule, which I’ll call the manager’s schedule and the maker’s schedule. The manager’s schedule is for bosses. Its embodied in the traditional appointment book, with each day cut into one hour intervals.