“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. The most important factor while managing time is the time to completion, the deadline that is assigned to us.
Example: If we have to finish a report in two weeks, we will do it as demanded and present a finished, well-researched report by the end of two weeks. The interesting part is that if we had only three days to make that report, we would still do it. The fact that it took two weeks was just a mental deadline.
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“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion,” the English humorist and historian Parkinson wrote in 1955.
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