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Parkinson's Law

You can do things quicker than you think. This law says that a task will expand in time and seeming complexity depending on the time you set aside for it.

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Parkinson Law

Parkinson Law

You can do things quicker than you think. This law says that a task will expand in time and seeming complexity depending on the time you set aside for it. For instance, if you say to yourself that you will come up with a solution within a week then the problem will seem to grow more difficult and you will spend more and more time trying to come up with a solution.

So focus your time on finding solutions. Then just give yourself an hour (instead of the whole day) or the day (instead of the whole week) to solve the problem. This will force your mind to focus on solutions and action.

The result may not be exactly as perfect as if you had spent a week on the task, but as mentioned in the previous point, 80 percent of the value will come from 20 percent of the activities anyway. Or you may wind up with a better result because you have not overcomplicated or overpolished things. This will help you to get things done faster, to improve your ability to focus and give you more free time where you can totally focus on what is in front of you instead of having some looming task creating stress in the back of your mind.