Parkinson’s Law about time management states that work expands to fill the time allotted for its completion.
In other words, you will use all the time allowed to complete a task — even if the task requires only a fraction of the time.
For example, a parent wakes up their child 45 minutes before they have to leave for school. In reality, it only takes 20 minutes for the child to get ready for school.
Foot dragging and unnecessary distractions throughout the morning result in a last-minute rush to get out the door.
This routine can happen day after day, month after month and year after year.
This toxic behavior actually becomes a habit that parents (and schools) loathe but yet struggle to change.
Foot dragging, procrastination and being distracted are fundamental truths of human behavior. It can even graphed on an X-Y axis. (Pretty cool, huh?)
How can you change this mindset?
By taking action!
- Realize it’s an issue
- Commit to making a change
- Execute. Every day.
Proper time management over time will rewrite toxic patterns into good, healthy and productive habits.