Right now I’m reading the book The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson.
I’m only about 65 pages in, but 3 things have really stuck with me so far.
One of those was Professor Parkinson’s Law:
“Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.”
Basically, if I give myself 2 weeks or 12 weeks to complete the same project, that’s how long it’s going to take me to get it done.
Same thing with giving myself a 15-min or a 60-min block of time to check and answer emails.
And somehow, if I give myself too much time to get something done, I’ll magically find ways to make it more difficult and create more stress in the process.
Now there’s a fine balance where you don’t want to set unrealistic deadlines that’ll cause you to burnout and end up on the couch for a week watching 5 straight seasons of Breaking Bad (true story).
You want to maximize your productivity.
For the next 30 days, I’m challenging myself to HALF all of the time I’ve allotted to accomplish projects and tasks.
Obviously I would never sacrifice quality for time, but I’m going to test my productivity with 50% shorter time blocks.
(oh- and instead of filling those extra time blocks up with more work, I’m going to fill them with something fun!)
Want to jump in on this challenge with me?
I’d love to know!