“Work expands so as to fill the time
available for its completion."
— C Northcote Parkinson
[Classic post from 5-17-11]
When I watch those movies where the world is saved from extinction at the last minute available, I think of all the tasks I have to do and how much time I allow for them and end up right at the last minute trying to get it done. Heck, if I didn't have some kind of deadline, it may never get done!
It does seem clear that work actually does expand to fill the available time, and I would like to be more organized and efficient, so I am learning to allow a specific amount of time for some projects and to set deadlines with clients as well my team and myself. I am compartmentalizing tasks in an effort to help them flow more smoothly.
Procrastination is always a predator and I am easily swayed by projects that I like better than others, and I am finding that by shortening the available time, I still can get it done and end up being more efficient at the same time.
We'll see how this goes and I'll report back on the progress. It looks promising. . .
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