How to break Parkinson’s law to supercharge your productivity

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How to break Parkinson’s law to supercharge your productivity

The most important rule for improving time management is to break Parkinson’s law. This law says that work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

It means that we use the total scheduled amount of time to do a task. For instance, if we have scheduled a one hour meeting, we meet for one hour, regardless if we have achieved the objectives of the meeting earlier or not.

Here are several ideas to break Parkinson’s law and save significant amounts of time:

Schedule all your meetings in half of the usual time. You will notice that the meeting outcomes will be the same, or even better: nothing sharpens the mind more quickly than a pending deadline.
The default position for planning a new meeting in Outlook is one hour. Change this and schedule meetings only in increments of 6 minutes.
Apply the 2 minute rule to all your incoming email: if you can do it within 2 minutes, do it now. Otherwise, schedule the action for a later time. Use an egg timer to ensure you stick to this rule.

You will be surprised how many emails all of a sudden can be answered within two minutes.

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