Parkinson’s Law: A Guide to Improved Time Management and Productivity

How to work smarter, faster, and better by being cognizant of the power of Parkinson’s Law

David C. Wyld
Career Power
Published in
5 min readJun 16, 2024

--

Overview

Parkinson’s Law, which states that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion,” is a well-known principle in time management and productivity. It has been widely recognized as a classic statement of the idea that time is a scarce resource and that the amount of work we can accomplish is directly proportional to the amount of time we have available. In this article, we will explore the origins and implications of Parkinson’s Law and provide some practical tips and strategies for managing our time more effectively by being cognizant of this principle.

Origins of Parkinson’s Law

Parkinson’s Law was first articulated in an essay written by Cyril Northcote Parkinson, a British naval historian and author, that was published in The Economist in 1955. Parkinson’s essay was a humorous critique of…

--

--

David C. Wyld
Career Power

David C. Wyld is a Professor of Strategic Management & Consultant. Follow him here on Medium for his latest publications. He supports his fellow Medium writers.