“Shrink” Your Work Time!

About a year ago, my youngest son Brock was living in Asheville, NC and was getting ready to move back to Georgia.

One Thursday evening he called and told me that his car had broken down.  Transmission problems.  He asked if I could drive to Asheville the next day, pick him up, and bring him down to Georgia.  His car was going to be in the shop for several days.

Of course I said yes and we set plans for me to pick him up at the car shop around 3:00 p.m.  I’d have to leave Atlanta around 12:30 to make it in time

The problem was that I had a full day’s work to do on Friday!  All of it was office work, but it was there and had to be done.

The next morning I got up early and plowed into my work.  I barely took time for breakfast and coffee.

And a funny thing happened.  I completed my work at 11:50!

Parkinson’s Law says,

Work expands so as to fill the time available for it’s completion.

In other word, the more time you give yourself, the more wasted time you’ll have!

A great way to use this is to look at an activity or project that you have to do, estimate the amount of time it is going to take you to complete it, then divide that number by 1/2 or 2/3.  Then,


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and complete it in that time.  Don’t let anything else get in your way.  I have no idea why this works, but it does.

I’m sure that you’ve experienced similar situations.  What current projects could you use this with?  Also, how could you use this in your daily life?

Go ahead and give it a try.

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