Meetings are an inescapable part of office life — but that doesn’t mean you have to like them. In fact, programmer and essayist Paul Graham thinks people are predisposed to either love meetings or hate them, depending on the type of work they do.
Graham divides people into two groups: managers and makers. Managers, he says, view their workday in hour-long blocks of time, and meeting with other people is a crucial and natural part of their day. Makers, on the other hand — writers, artists, programmers, etc. — need long stretches of time during the day to create whatever it is they’re creating, and view meetings as an unwelcome disruption.
It seems more likely that most people, like Freakonomics blogger Stephen J. Dubner, are a combination of the two types, and whether we see meetings as productive or distracting depends on what mode we’re in. How do you feel about meetings? Are you a manager or a maker?