How Parkinson's Law Makes You Procrastinate

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Parksinon's Law: the more time you give yourself to complete a task, the longer you'll take to complete that task.

BAMFREEEEAAK:

  1. You give yourself 10 minutes to complete a short essay.
  2. You complete it in 10 minutes.

Now, let's say you suck and you give yourself 3 weeks to complete that same essay; what in the fro happens?

  1. You take 3 weeks to complete the same task.
  2. You either (1) wait to complete on the last day, or (2) make the task more complex than necessary to fill in the time with unnecessary bells and whistles.

What happens with the long deadline?

You produce an overly-complex-SUCK thing that you could've done in 10 minutes, save 20.999999 days, and drink your apple juice in the hood while being a menace.

Remember in school how you took the last minutes to complete your essays?

  • You weren't lazy.
  • You were human.

We humans complete things in the allotted time we give ourselves (or society gives us).

Say NO! To No Deadlines

Giving yourself no deadlines is telling yourself:

"Use as much time as necessary to complete the task."

So what in the frofro do you do?

  1. You go on forever and ever and ever on the task.
  2. 'Did I complete the task? OH NO I DIDNT SINCE I HAVE MORE TIME TO IMPROVE IT

And the cycle continues until some comsquence happens, like younrun out of money or fall off a cliff.

Don't fall off a cliff.

Create short, concrete dealines with end dates.

  • You'll start stripping your project down to its most vital core, working on tasks that are $&@"@& essential to the project.

WIN WIN YAY 4 U

The shorter and clearer you make your deadlines, the quicker and more efficient you'll see yourself completing your tasks.

Quick deadlines.

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Posted on December 22


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