Parkinsons Law

productivity - Parkinsons Law

Parkinson’s Law dictates that a task will swell in (perceived) importance and complexity in relation to the time allotted for its completion. Want to complete something in less time, budget less time for it and it will get done.

Parkinson’s law states that the amount of time you give a task to take, is the amount of time the task will take.

The more time you give a task, the more complicated and difficult it will seem. The additional time you have allotted yourself, also allows for greater distractions and lower-intensity work.

On the other hand, when you have only allotted a small amount of time for a task, the urgency does not afford the luxury for unnecessary complications, distractions or low-intensity work. You end up with doing high-intensity work with deep concentration, making you much more productive.

How to put Parkison’s law to action?

  • Set shorter deadlines: Use a timer and make sure that you get it done within that time
  • Say no to all forms of distractions: Helping make sure you don’t waste valuable time

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