Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Parkinson’s Law and the Truth About Time.

People who say “I don’t have enough time” are liars. They might not know it, but they are defiantly big fat liars. Pants 100% on fire.



Enter: Parkinson’s Law which, in short, states that the amount of work you have expands to fit neatly into whatever time you have to accomplish it.


And it’s true. Don’t believe me?


Here is a simple quiz to find out:
1. In your work day (let’s call it 8 hours) could you get your work done in 99% of the time, say 7:59?
2. What about 7:58 or 7:52?



Of course you could. Easily. If you wanted. If 1% is easy to shave off, how far can we go?


Have you ever slept in and yet made it to work/class on time? You’re morning routine was the same, you just did it in less time.


What about when your boss gives you an assignment 10 minutes before you are supposed to leave? Chances are that you finish that assignment in record time.


How many college essays were started the night before yet somehow got in on time?

The Truth About Time



We have exactly as much time as we allow ourselves to have. And if we can shave 10% off our normal work, how much more can we accomplish?


This is especially topical in the wake of New Year’s Resolutions. Many of us shy away from resolutions and goals because we don’t have enough time. Lies.


Many people want to go back to school or start a company but complain about their lack of time. Don’t let that stop you. So in 2010 remember that nothing can stop you from your goals. Not even time.

*As a funny side note: Last week I had a chance to experience Parkinson’s Law in an unexpected place. When touring an open house a realtor said “Look at all this storage”, he points to kitchen cabinets, “But trust me, your stuff will grow to fit it all.” He’s probably right. How many of us actually have an empty cabinet in our kitchen?*