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It’s taking up my time

Have you heard of Parkinson’s Law on time? It states that “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” Let me use an example to clarify it. If you usually complete a monthly report for work in 2 hours, the moment you are given 4 hours to do it, then you suddenly find that it is taking you 4 hours to do something that was easily done in 2 hours.

Have you ever noticed that happening to you? If so, you have experienced Parkinson’s law. Maybe you have set some targets for what you want to do during this COVID-19 lock down period, or you are intending to catch up with tasks that you just had not had the time for when things were normal.
If you are in that boat, then you need to make Parkinson’s Law work to your advantage. Don’t think you have more time, because the basic everyday stuff that you do will expand to eat up that time.

Instead you need to identify all the things you need to do and force them into the schedule of all the other things, then you will find that time will somehow become more amicable to you completing all you planned to do.
Be on the look out and don’t let this time slip away from you on things that create no growth potential in your life.