Parkinson’s Law says work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. This means if you have 8 hours to write a report, the report will take you 8 hours. If you have 16 hours for the same report, you will use all 16 hours. It’s not a case of the 16 hour report being higher quality or better longer but rather, people take as much time as they are given to accomplish a task.
This is a valuable concept to keep in mind when doing goal setting because it usually means you can get more done in the same period of time if you push yourself in your time allotments. Rather than giving yourself a lot of time to get something done, now that you have a better understanding of Parkinson’s Law, you will realize you can frequently get the same amount done in a shorter period of time.
It’s important to understand there is a limit to how tightly you can schedule things. If you schedule too little time for a project, the quality will suffer. If you schedule too much time, Parkinson’s Law will result in waste of time.
Scheduling requires a great deal of testing to do it well but please realize, those who are good at it (usually the result of a lot of testing and practice) can get a great deal more accomplished than can others.
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