Parkinson’s Law is a book by C. Northcote Parkinson. And this book is best known for its opening line: Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. Do you recognise it? I bet you do. Honestly, I didn’t know it had a name until I started writing this episode.
Top athletes, kick-ass business people and pretty much all high achievers in nearly every field all set goals because setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation – plus it helps you to organize your time and your resources. This certainly was true for me.
Society tells us that working harder and working more hours is good, but if you have listened to this podcast for a while you know that it is actually damaging you, hard on your fellow employees and even detrimental your company’s success.
So, let me ask you this. “What is the difference between a hard worker and a workaholic?”
To combat many workplace issues, we create “Work Zones” and rotate between them throughout the day. These zones help us to stay productive and check a few items off of our daily fitness list.
I want you to be truly honest with yourself. Do you truly believe that one day you will actually go home from work with a completely clear desk? No projects left incomplete, no phone calls left to make, no emails to follow up on, no documents to edit, and no meetings to book?
The honest truth is that there will always be work left undone at the end of your busy day. Admitting this gives us some options.