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When I talk to newly-promoted managers and team leads, I'll often hear them say something like "gosh, today was busy and I didn't even get anything done." They didn't spend the entire day browsing social media or playing internet games. Instead they spent their entire day in meetings and working with other team members. In other words, things managers do.
Individual contributors get the luxury of a simple world view. There are essentially only two people they have to keep happy, the manager with HR authority and yourself. Work product, customer happiness, teammate happiness, and nearly everything else consolidates itself into the impressions of these two stakeholders.