Ever wondered why you are unable to get more things done in a day? Our lack of productivity is not always due to lack of resources or time. Parkinson’s law explains this phenomenon well, ” Work expands to fill the time available for its completion”
Well try this exercise. Give yourself a non negotiable deadline for the completion of a project e.g. reading an article or book. Try to complete this same or similar task at your convenience.
Notice how it ends up at the bottom of your to do list. Imposed limitations force you to focus your energy and creativity. Deadlines are crucial in the corporate world because it is a known fact that people will generally aim to stretch work over any allocated time. Effective deadlines increase productivity not stress!
Next time you find yourself dragging your feet and wasting time on trivial things, pause and impose a deadline. In my next post I’ll share 3 tips on how to do more in less time.
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