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T-Minus 40 Minutes – How Parkinson’s Law Saved The Day

Just as I start writing this I’ve got 40 minutes to prepare before a meeting that’ll last the rest of the evening.

Am I stressed?

No, and here’s why.

I woke up at 11:45AM today and was pretty surprised. Usually I only sleep about 6-7 hours. Tonight? More than 10 frickin’ hours. I haven’t slept that long in about 2 years. Guess my body needed it.

Had it been 10AM I would’ve felt stressed but now I knew the day was screwed. I got straight into the most urgent stuff so I would have that out of the way before my acupuncture.

The most obvious choice would’ve been to cancel the appointment but, you know, 45 minutes to “spare” on work I could easily do another day. That baby is not on fire.


Baby On Fire

Remain calm, Fire Marshall Bill is on the case.

Once that was done I did some grocery shopping and got back to work. Most of the time was spent on reading throught questions, presentations, proposals etc and answering “Yes, I’ll look into it tomorrow” or “I’ll get back to you after this weekend”.

Had this been 3-4 years ago I would’ve shat my pants when I woke up, called myself stupid, been pissed off and stressed the entire day.

What’s changed?

You've Changed Man

Look at him, green with envy. Or food poisoning.

The concept of Parkinson’s Law. It goes something like this: “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”.

What it means is basically that if you’ve only got 20 minutes to clean the house, you do it. You clean the house in 20 minutes. How clean is it? As clean as you can get it in 20 minutes.

Many people feel overwhelmed and start telling themselves: “I’ll never get the house clean in 20 minutes, it’s hopeless!”.

Well, yeah if you imagine it to be as clean as if you spent 4 hours on the task. The same rule applies here. If you’ve got 4 hours it won’t be as clean as if you would’ve had 6 hours.

The results might not be optimal but you’ll atleast get some results. The time you just spent thinking “It can’t be done!” you could’ve spent on atleast getting something done.

It's Something

So elegant & graceful.

That goes for this post as well. I just spent 20 something minutes writing this and I’m in my bed, in my underwear, typing as fast as I can. Yeah, there’s an image for you!

My point is this. Stop putting unrealistic pressure on yourself. Know that whatever time you manage to set aside for a certain task is the perfect amount of time for those circumstances. Take a deep breath and calm the fuck down.

Just do your best and focus on what’s most important, it’ll go a hell of a lot smoother for everyone.

Now, it’s T-Minus 12 minutes and I’ve got to make a call and get prepared.

Any thoughts and feeling stirring? Hit me up on Twitter or post a comment.

Have a kick-ass ₢eative day!

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