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If you give yourself a week to complete a two-hour task, then (psychologically speaking) the task will increase in complexity to fill that week.
According to Cyril Northcote Parkinson “Work expands to fill the time available for its completion”.
I feel so identified with it, things most of the time take me the amount of time I’ve planned (minimum)…no matter how complex or simple the tasks are.
Does this ever happened to you?
Now, let’s figure out how to use this knowledge for our benefit….Work expands to fill the time available for its completion ─C. Northcote Parkinson Click To Tweet
Remember time is limited, we need to choose carefully what we’re going to do with the time we have, it’s our most valuable commodity, it will never go back!.
I used to act like I have enough time for everything, I knew that I’m not gonna live forever, but I was acting like I would.
I knew that I need to change things, and I did it.Remember time is limited, we need to choose carefully what are we going to do with the time we have Click To Tweet
WHAT I DID WAS…
I started adding some sense of urgency to my life and kick myself out of the comfort zone, once you add some sense of urgency to your life, things change for good.
I started to treat every second like it was my last, working on my goals, investing every second doing things I love, with people I love. Living my life according to my priorities and giving my dreams and happiness the urgency it deserves.Once you add some sense of urgency to your life, things change for good Click To Tweet
Going back to the Parkinson’s Law, what I do now is: If I think that one project will take me 4 days, I cut-off the time by 50%, 4 days became 2 days.
This helps me stress out things and really focus on high impact actions and results.
For example, let’s say you have 2 weeks to complete a job, people’s productivity usually works like this:
Day 1, 2 and 3: 100% capacity. I’m really motivated to do a great job.
Days in the middle: 10% capacity. I have enough time, I can change that color, and that image, over thinking, blah blah…
Last 3 days: 100% capacity. D*mm!! I’m not gonna make it, let’s just focus on important things.
So, if we cut the middle-days, and put our brain in resolution mode from the beginning, we increase our chance to concentrate better and move faster.
If I think that one project will take me 4 days, I cut-off the time by 50%, 4 days became 2 days
It’s not about reducing the quality of the delivery, it’s about focusing on the things that provide more value and eliminating unnecessary extra time that can encourage procrastination.
That’s what I did, I just adjusted the available time to find the best fit between the quality of the delivery and stress, find the right fit to avoid wasting time, while keeping your sanity.
TAKEAWAYS – THAT WORKED FOR ME
- Add urgency to your life.
- Reduced the time available for task completion until you find the best fit between time management and mental health, don’t stress too much and don’t compromise the quality of your delivery.
- Try reducing the time available by 50% and start from there.
Living according to your priorities is possible ─Van Cast
Have you experienced the Parkinson’s Law? Are you doing something to improve the way you handle time? Leave a comment and let me know!
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