You may have heard of Parkinson’s Law. It is often used in reference to time usage: the more time you’ve been given to do something, the more time it will take you to do it. It’s amazing how much you can get done in twenty minutes if twenty minutes is all you have. But if you have all afternoon, it would probably take way longer.
– Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed, raptitude.com
Likely my favourite article of the week. It makes total sense though, especially when you think of it in conjunction with procrastination. Let us compare two simple situations.
- “I’ll clean the house tomorrow afternoon.”
- “I’ll take an hour to clean the house after dinner, no excuses.”
See how it works? By telling yourself “tomorrow afternoon”, you have effectively made two bad (in my opinion) decisions: procrastinating a task (sloth), and over-allocating time to a task (wasteful).
Setting a time limit to a task will effectively make us really focus on the task at hand, because we know there is only so much time available.
Start filling up your day with tasks and try arranging them in one-hour blocks, you might be surprised at the amount of things you can accomplish every day.