Parkinson’s Law

I am on page 75 of “The 4-Hour Workweek.”  The jury is still out on whether this book is total bull pucky or border line genius.  Here is an excerpt explaining an interesting time management concept.

Parkinson’s Law dictates that a task will swell in (perceived) importance and complexity in relation to the time allotted for its completion. It is the magic of the imminent deadline. If I give you 24 hours to complete a project, the time pressure forces you to focus on execution, and you have no choice but to do only the bare essentials. If I give you a week to complete the same task, it’s six days of making a mountain out of a molehill. If I give you two months, God forbid, it becomes a mental monster. The end product of the shorter deadline is almost inevitably of equal or higher quality due to greater focus.

Stay tuned for a full review in the near future.

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3 Comments

  1. Rolf F. Katzenberger

    July 1, 2007 - 3:10 pm

    “‘…The end product of the shorter deadline is almost inevitably of equal or higher quality due to greater focus.’

    Stay tuned for a full review in the near future.

    Was that by intention? 😉

  2. Ron Pereira

    July 1, 2007 - 3:57 pm

    No pun intended. But interesting you caught that as I sure didn’t. Maybe I am on my way to a 4 hour work week after all.

  3. Martin Leonard

    October 29, 2007 - 9:23 am

    ‘you have no choice but to do only the bare essentials’… I call that the ‘priority pressure’. Look forward to the full review =)