Do you get stressed by all the work you have to do, but never start working on it until the last minute?
Do you procrastinate, but always seem to get the work done in the end?
Do you often fail to meet deadlines and suffer the consequences?
Do you start assignments a day or two before they're due?
Work will expand to fill the time allotted.
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, or you struggle with procrastination, you should learn about Parkinson's Law!
Deadlines motivate people, and impending deadlines either motivate or make them feel overwhelmed. If you procrastinate too much, that feeling of being overwhelmed permeates your life and makes you feel anxious, stressed, and on edge; none of these feelings are healthily sustainable.
Most work gets done very close to a deadline.
For most people I've met, creating artificial deadlines doesn't work because not-so-deep-down inside they know the real deadline, so the artificial one does not motivate them. However, this is because they also fail to BREAK DOWN their task into smaller chunks.
How can you use Parkinson's Law to your advantage?