View profile

Mental Models Weekly - Issue #19 - Parkinson's Law ⏳

Even if you're not already familiar with Parkinson's law by name, I think you won't have much trouble
Mental Models Weekly
Mental Models Weekly - Issue #19 - Parkinson's Law ⏳
By Mental Models Weekly • Issue #19 • View online
Even if you’re not already familiar with Parkinson’s law by name, I think you won’t have much trouble recognizing it!

What is Parkinson's Law?
Parkinson’s law is a proverb coined by the British author Cyril Northcote Parkinson:
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
The law points out that people will often take up all the allotted time, if not more, to complete a task. It might be due to expanding the scope of the task due to the timeline, or procrastinating until the very last minute.
It’s those times where you spent weeks doing “research” and then finished doing the actual task on the very last day, or maybe a time where you went overboard on detail because you had a whole month when the task could have been handled in a few focused hours.
In each example the ‘work’ expanded to fill the time allotted.
This old Calvin Hobbes comic might surface a wry smile:
It’s well worth keeping Parkinson’s Law in mind when setting deadlines for yourself, or for others!
Want to go deeper?
Got comments?
I love hearing your comments! Just reply email 📧 or tweet me 🐦@juliaclavien.
Did you enjoy this issue?
Become a member for $2 per month
Don’t miss out on the other issues by Mental Models Weekly
Mental Models Weekly

How do the best thinkers think the best?

They install mental models - framework for your thinking. Mental models are fundamentals or first principles anyone can learn, and then call upon to greatly enhance judgement and decision making. These models are often drawn from core disciplines such as philosophy, psychology, physics, chemistry, mathematics etc.

Join me in learning a new mental model each week!

You can manage your subscription here
If you were forwarded this newsletter and you like it, you can subscribe here
Powered by Revue