“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”
Even if you are not familiar with its name, how often have you fallen prey to Parkinson’s Law? And what can you do to escape it? Or to work with it?
Firstly, you have to recognise the symptoms. When you have too much time to complete a task, there is a tendency to slack off, or even defer, until the task becomes urgent. Then, when meeting the deadline seems nigh on impossible, you become super-productive and miraculously pull it off – getting the job done just in time. This is an example of Parkinson’s Law at its finest! Even with a full month to complete an assignment, most people work very unproductively (if at all) until the last few days – when they pull one or two all-nighters and manage to get it done right at the last minute.