How can you do more when you seem to have so little time?
We don’t have much time on this Earth, so how do we make the most of the few years that we’ve got?
Do you need 8 hours to complete one task?
Is your to-do list still full at the end of the day?
Don’t worry we got you. There’s a way to finish tasks in 10 minutes instead of 10 hours, a secret to do more in less time.
That secret is called Parkinson’s Law.

What is Parkinson’s law?

The law states that “Work expands to the time allowed for it”
In simple words, Parkinson’s law means that if you give yourself an hour to do something you’ll do it in an hour, but if you give yourself 5 minutes, you’ll do it in 5 minutes.

For example:

Let’s say you want to write a letter, and you give yourself a week to do so.

You want it to be perfect. So you take a shower, spend one hour looking for the perfect paper, another hour looking for the perfect pen, and another hour looking for the perfect words and another hour writing them.

5 hours later, your letter is ready.

But what if you had only 5 minutes to write it?

You’d skip the shower, you’d find a paper, find a pen, and get to writing. And you’d be done in 5 minutes!

5 hours of work, done in 5 minutes!

You’d think that the letter that took you 5 hours to write will probably be a lot better than the one you wrote in 5 minutes. But the truth is, that the result is almost the same – whether you worked on it for 5 hours or 5 minutes.

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How does Parkinson’s law work?

But you shouldn’t confuse Parkinson’s Law with being lazy. In fact, it’s the exact opposite.

Taking lesser time to do good work, makes you a lot more productive. 1 hour of laser focus always beats 8 hours of procrastination.

And if you’re on a tight deadline and you’re not happy with what you’ve produced, you’ll give yourself an even tighter deadline to produce something better. And you’ll most likely succeed.

Deadlines are everything!

Parkinson’s Law makes sense because deadlines scare you into action. Research shows that the closer you get to a deadline, the more motivated you become. You work harder and perform better!

Just like these people:

Thomas Edison – He announced his experiments to the press, way before he even started working on them. Because he knew that he needed that push, otherwise he would get nothing done.

Elon Musk – He famously sets near-impossible deadlines for himself and his team. That’s how he was able to get more done, in very little time. Now, Tesla is one of the highest valued companies in the world, even though Musk himself predicted that it had a 90% chance to fail!

Steve Jobs – He gave his engineers 2 weeks to come up with the interface for the iPhone. It was an impossible deadline, but it pushed his engineers to do more and that’s what made Apple what it is today.

Thomas Edison

7 steps to get more done:

Here are a few easy steps that will help you do more in less time:
  1. Choose something you want to do faster, and measure how much time it usually takes you.
  2. Set a deadline. Parkinson’s law is to help you be more productive so go with a tight deadline.
  3. Do everything in your power to finish your work by that deadline.
  4. Cut your deadline even shorter.
  5. Do everything in your power to finish your work under this deadline.
  6. Keep doing this time and again, and you’ll see your productivity go through the roof!
  7. Take your deadlines seriously. If you can’t, do what Edison did – share your deadlines with friends, colleagues, bosses or even clients. This way you’ll not only do more but you won’t rest until you’ve finished your task!

Get to work!

This rule can change your life. So give it a shot –
Find yourself a goal and don’t give yourself too much time to get there. You’ll see that most things can be done in just a day.

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