Art by Amanda Funger

The Unsexy Surefire Key to Productivity: Breaking Parkinson’s Law

Do you ever feel like a task as simple as writing an email somehow ends up taking a lot more time than you expected? If you get an email needing a reply within a week, you would probably put more thought and time into sending it, making sure it’s as perfect as possible before hitting reply. Whereas if that same email had an urgent deadline that needed to be replied to within a couple of minutes, the time you’d spend on it would probably decrease significantly. It’s the same email, but with different deadlines.

This simple premise is part of Parkinson’s Law!