The law that I am about to share with you today is by far the most profound principle that I think I have ever read regarding time management. If you want to double your productivity and you want to do it fast, then you need to learn this principle.
Before I do, I want you to watch this video so that you get the big picture as to what we will be covering over these next few days. Module 2 in this Get Productive Challenge is all about “getting the mindset.”
We will be discussing some of the most important productivity principles that we will show you how to apply in upcoming videos.
What exactly is Parkinson’s Law?
Here is the definition and I encourage you to read it twice: “Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.”
There is so much truth in that statement that you literally will never think the same way again. More often than not, you predict how long a project or task takes. So, really it is not time management that we need, it is self management. I bet if you looked at your to do list you would discover that 9 out of 10 items could have been done sooner had you been fully absorbed and fully engaged into what you were doing.
Get It Done Task: Set a Time Limit for Your Tasks
I want to encourage you to put this theory to the test. With any task that you take on for the next week set a time limit for completion. Do your very best to go against the clock and get it done. Nothing motivates me more than going up against a clock. A simple egg timer is great or you can use a software that I use every single day.
The software that I use is called the Action Machine. It is a great desktop application that you can use. Every morning, I open the Action Machine and type in my “to-dos” for the day. I set a time completion for each task. I even throw in a few breaks to go for a walk or a quick nap. I am super productive when using this software. I can see how many hours all of my tasks are going to take. Once I hit start, I am super focused and ready to get it done.
If you want to see a demo video in action, you can find it here: Action Machine Video Demo