Beware Parkinson’s lawParkinson’s law can suck the life out of...

Beware Parkinson’s law

Parkinson’s law can suck the life out of you and your business.

Cyril Northcote Parkinson is the person associated with this law. What it fundamentally means is “work will expand to the time given to it.” Parkinson’s law in and of itself is not necessarily a bad thing, it can be used to create tremendous productivity. But unchecked it can steal your time freedom and your businesses profits.

It can be as simple as ensuring you have written time deadlines that are clearly communicated and understood by you and your team for various specific activities. I don’t mean “we need to have the roof on by the end of the week”, I’m referring to planning very tight  chunks of time for smaller activities. Break the larger projects down to small chunks of time and you’ll find this creates a sense of urgency and focus. Using Parkinson’s law to this effect prevent significant amounts of distractions and creates terrific focus.

Another great tool to help with this is building a viewable scoreboard on-site, where everyone can see the progress at any time during the day.

You would have experienced Parkinson’s law working for you at times when you are getting ready to go on annual leave for instance. Most people report the tendency to get significantly more done when there is a deadline looming.

So… You’ve got a choice, Parkinson’s law is either going to be working for you or against you. What’s it going to be?


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