The elusiveness of time.
Such as opening email first thing on an office day.
And two hours later finding yourself mindlessly sorting your email filing system.
Or calling your internal to provide a quick update.
And emerging 60 minutes later having had one part productive discussion, three parts random BS.
It’s the expense report that takes two hours to complete.
Not because it takes two hours to complete, but because you had two unplanned hours to complete it.
Originally coined in the Nov 19th 1955 issue of The Economist, Parkinson’s Law says that:
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
The trap for so many of us is that, unlike working on the assembly line building Spatial Fratacappers, every day we are in charge of all that we do.
Hour by hour and minute by minute.
What’s one way to not fall victim to Parkinson’s Law?
The act of intentionally blocking out time on your calendar (by hour, day, week) for the activities you know need to be completed – for the prescribed amount of time required.
And then honoring your calendar.
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