Getting More Done in Less Time

timerHey, can you state the Stock-Sanford Corollary to Parkinson’s Law?

Come on, you know it! LOL. You’re probably scratching your head…

But I bet you really do know what this is.

Cyril Northcoate Parkinson was a British historian and writer, and he came up with the saying “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”.

Ah, yes, you’ve heard of “Parkinson’s Law.” And if you are like me, you have first-hand knowledge of how it works!

Parkinson’s Law definitely kicked in today for me, as it seems to sometimes when I’m working at home and I don’t have a clearly-defined schedule.

And then someone (sorry, I don’t know who Stock nor Sanford were) expounded on Parkinson’s adage and came to this conclusion (that’s the corollary part): “If you wait until the last minute, it only takes a minute to do.”

So sometimes we need to remember to set a time frame for getting things done. A simple tip is to set a timer, like this one. For me, this becomes like a little game I’m playing. But when you set up a sense of time scarcity in your mind, it propels you forward a bit better and tightens up your focus.

Tick, tock! Let’s beat the clock!