Parkinson’s law is the adage that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. The same happens with meetings: as soon as the end of the meeting comes in sight, decisions get made faster to finish on time.

A couple of thoughts:

  • Schedule and time box your bigger tasks. This will help with better estimations, as well as help you finish them quicker.
  • Make things uncomfortably short. This won’t always work, but it is a nice experiment: check how much time you need and then cut the alotted time in half to challenge yourself. I often apply little hacks like: I want to lunch at 12, but I have to finish this task before I go.
  • Tackle things head on. The core of this principle is that most people aren’t fully aware of how fast some things can be done. Imagine yourself being 10 times faster, what would you have changed to accomplish that?

You need to work smarter, not harder. Use Parkinson’s law in your advantage by tricking you into finishing things in less time.