Parkinson’s Law CAN Work to Your Benefit

It is more less common knowledge, that all work can be stretched out for the time available for its completion — whether it’s 2 or 5 hours — this is known as Parkinson’s Law.
It can be astonishing, when you realize that that’s an over 100% time difference, yet behaviour characteristic of settling on an assumption of how long something will take, and making this happen, are commonplace.

What causes this?

So, is it possible to make the Parkinson’s Law work to your advantage?

The Obvious

The Challenging

The Harsh

A great way to tackle your time consumption is timing and analysing it. Many people use the Pomodoro technique to set time limits, while others use the Time Reports to measure their progress over time.
The technology available is a good way to help out with this tricky issue. But first of all — just being aware of this rule is good start to making a change.

First published on the Kanban Tool Blog.

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