Are you using Parkinson’s Law


By Marcia Francois


Have you heard of Parkinson’s Law?

Yes? No?

Well, Parkinson’s Law states that work expands to fill the time available for its completion.


It means that if you allow ONE HOUR to clean your office, it’ll take ONE HOUR to get it clean.

It also means that if you allow just 20 MINUTES to clean your office, it’ll take just 20 MINUTES to get it done.


Or if it does take you longer to do it, it will be just a fraction longer than the allowed time.

Either way, you still SAVE time.

This is just ONE of the techniques we discuss on my Business Organising Intensive (Sat 19 April).

On a recent holiday to Cape Town, my laptop did something weird and I suddenly couldn’t access my email.

I had directions in my email account to meet a fellow professional organiser in Cape Town later that day so I really needed to get to my emails.

Fortunately the hotel had a business centre with (obviously) exorbitant rates per 15 minutes. I was determined to only use 15 minutes so I bought a coupon, accessed my email, printed the directions and while I was in my account, quickly responded and processed all my email. In 15 minutes!

Yes, in just 15 minutes.

Now if I’d had my laptop, it probably would have taken me upwards of 30 minutes to process the same daily batch of email. Because that’s how it is. You check out links, read everything slowly, delay decisions, etc.

This week, I want to challenge you to apply Parkinson’s Law in 3 ways.

  1. If you blog, reduce your blogging time, set a timer and just start writing. (This is exactly what I do).
  2. If you usually take two hours to clean your house, set a timer and only allow one hour.
  3. If you usually take one hour to sort through all the paper in your house, take just 30 minutes.

Are you up for the challenge?

Let me know how you do!

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Marcia Francois is a time management and organising coach who empowers small business owners and other busy professionals who want to make the most of their time. You’ll get simple, practical organising and time management secrets to help you work less and enjoy life more!

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