Parkinson’s Law

Parkinson’s Law states that work expands to fill the time available.

And this is important because it is a key driver of productivity, or more correctly, lack of productivity. 

If you give someone a week to complete a task, they will usually take a week. 

If you give them two days to complete the same task they’ll probably complete it in two days.

This situation is generally exacerbated when larger groups are involved as debating where to get their coffee from can take hours if hours are available. 

In fact, Parkinson formulated his law after observing the “need” for more and more people within bureaucracies despite ever declining outcomes – perhaps he studied TasWater!

Remember that having more time to do a task does not necessarily mean that you will do it better.


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