Parkinson's Law: How You Can Stop Spending Too Much Time On Nasty Task!

Parkinson’s law

You are spending too much time on nasty tasks! That’s at least what Cyril Northcote Parkinson would have said back in 1955. There he noted an increase of employees in bureaucracies with a stagnating amount of work to do. From this experience, he noted that time is expanding to the amount of time given for a specific task.


Let’s say you needed 1 hour to finalise a video edit without having a deadline. Then Parkinson’s Law says that you could have done it faster if you had to without losing the quality of your work.

Another example would be:

Cleaning your room and it took you 2 hours to complete it. But with a deadline and Parkinson’s Law in mind it could have taken just about 1 or so to finish it.

My opinion:

A reason for that is the focus you develop when you have a deadline. If you set yourself a deadline to finish it, you look at the most important things that need to be finished instead of losing yourself in minor problems that might not even be necessary.

In a nutshell:

Parkinson’s Law says:

“The amount of time that one has to perform a task is the amount of time it will take to complete the task.”

Hence, if you give yourself less time to complete a task, you will be done with it way faster!

Isn’t that great?! So, for all the nasty tasks you don’t want to do you can just give yourself less time to complete it and you’ll be done faster!

First time I heard about this law was in the Podcast with Dorothée Loorbach and it appeared so obvious to me!

Have you ever experienced the same thing?

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