Parkinson’s Law

Parkinson’s Law is the adage that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” So if you were to prepare a to-do list at the start of the day for example, it may well take you thirty minutes to do it just because you have the whole day ahead of you.  We can try and minimise the negative impact of Parkinson’s Law by setting deadlines for task completion.  Look to natural deadlines in your day – completing something before lunch or before the end of the day gives you a natural focus and dissuades us from taking too long over it.

Catherine Riley