Parkinson’s Principle, “Work expands to fulfill all available time.”
Have you ever completed a work week only to find out the important things you set out to do were not accomplished? Oh, you were busy alright. You sent out countless emails, returned numerous phone calls, and attended essential meetings. After-hours you updated your CRM, worked on proposals, and squeezed in some time for your family. Boy! You were really productive. But those important things? Those critical things? They are still on your to-do list for next week. Somehow they just didn’t get done. And now they are joined by other must-dos. The result is an avalanche of tasks that threaten to sweep you away. Is that a white flag I see you waving?
To varying degrees we all face the above scenario. The better we are at our jobs the more tasks we usually find on our plates. And we deserve a rousing ovation! Somehow we find a way to get the necessary things done. The customer is taken care of. The boss gets his report. Our families see us during daylight hours. But the pressure and stress is enormous, and we never seem to get over the top.