Parkinson’s Law


Parkinson’s Law says that work will expand to fill the time available for its completion.

This law was first noted by a British political analyst and author in 1955 by Professor Cyril Northcote Parkinson.   Parkinson was qualified to make such a statement, having worked in the British Civil Service, seeing first-hand how bureaucracy ticks. Bureaucracy itself is a by-product of our culture, thanks to the limiting belief that working harder and longer is somehow better than working smarter and faster.




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16 thoughts on “Parkinson’s Law

  1. I’m bad about getting the task completed and off my desk as soon as I can! It took a lot of practice (and becoming a single mother) to take my workaholic ways, but I discovered that it was okay to work smarter and not harder. My life changed for the better when I made the decision to let my life take priority and not let Parkinson’s law rule my life! Half of my employees are the same and the other half I am consistently staying on top of to make sure they will meet deadlines! Work smarter! Not harder! Just because you have the time doesn’t mean you have to use it!

  2. lenkennedy says:

    I have been guilty of the last minute ditch. I wonder why – lack of interest or other pressing tasks?

  3. Rajiv says:

    Time does expand. Like gas!

  4. tokealiyu says:

    Very good piece.

    It’s practical, timely and your proffered solution is very realistic.

    Just that some leaders want to be a bit free and their subordinates tend to over stretch!

    Well done.

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  5. Kerwyn Hodge says:

    You can probably take Parkinson’s Law further and say work will take up all the time available for it…including personal time. It’s bad enough that we may spend all the allotted time in completing a project rather than knocking it off our plate right away. Sometimes we let it eat up valuable “me time” as well, robbing our families, friends, and ourselves of much needed recreation and relaxation!

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