Back in April, my husband and I did something rather significantly out of character. We planned a weekend trip for our family in one afternoon.
Now, when it comes to vacations, we’re usually big planners! We weigh our destination options, flip through hotel reviews, make spreadsheets of possible activities . . . it’s a job unto itself.
But, in a single afternoon, we planned from start to finish an overnight trip for our family. We booked a hotel, purchased tickets to a theme park, found some good places to eat, and more. We packed up that evening and headed out the very next day with our slightly confused but enthusiastic two-year-old.
And it was fun!
The success of our little last-minute adventure is a perfect illustration of a fascinating concept known as Parkinson’s Law.
In a 1955 essay published in The Economist, author Cyril Northcote Parkinson described what is now famously referred to as Parkinson’s Law. It states that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”
Take that in for a second.
Parkinson’s Law contends that the more time you have to accomplish something, the longer it will take. If we had a month to plan that spontaneous trip of ours, you bet that it would have taken us that long.
So . . . how can you use Parkinson’s Law to your advantage in becoming insanely productive? [Read more…]