Are deadlines good or bad? Parkinson’s law explains that


We all look into the mirror and tell our selves: “you’re going to get things done”. And there you are, a couple of weeks later, doing that paper you should’ve done many days ago. Better yet, not only doing it right on your deadline, but also being one of the last persons to deliver it. How do you change that?

Let me tell you: Parkinson explains a lot. This technique contemplates your efficient curb of productivity, putting on check the amount of time you spend doing actual things and the time you waste with procrastination and other distractions.

In Parkinson’s Law, the amount of work increases (or decreases) depending on how much available time you have. That’s why is so important to have goals and deadlines, so you may keep control of the load of work yet to be accomplished. This is pure math, my friend: the amount of available time is proportional to the amount of work to be done.

Want to know a cool thing? This technique will actually make you work less. However, some methods must be applied so this technique can work properly. Setting some artificial limitations are the key to do so. We’re going to list some tips so you can actually adopt the Parkinson’s law into your life.

To prevent you from failing right on your first try, we’ve made a compilation of techniques to help you achieve the necessary amount of work done.

The Pomodoro Technique

STOP. I’m not going to delay myself explaining this method, and do you know why? We, from the Hero Panel, already have a post about this amazing technique. Give it a good read and come back to this post. Click here, here or here to read our post.


Working without your computer charger will give you a time limitation to perform everything needed. Not only this is a good way to optimize your skills, you’re also going to focus more to finish your priorities and less inclined to procrastinate.

Right place at the right time

Sitting in an office through six to eight hours a day usually does some pretty bad damage to your back and brains. If you’re using the Pomodoro technique, after two or three rounds, move a little bit. Take a walk and stretch (here are some exercises you can do in less than ten minutes), and if you can’t waste time by doing this type of thing, take phone calls or do meeting while standing.

Go Hard or Go Home

Despite having tons of objectives per day, setting some hard deadlines to larger projects is necessary. Motivation is the big key for this technique to work well. Set a six-week deadline to achieve something big, and always keep a friendly reminder of what is your main objective. Maybe creating a vision board will help you keep inspired till you cross that finish line with the job done.

More is less

Working long hours and exceeding the official time you spent working is not a good idea whatsoever. Working more than you should doesn’t mean creating more than you could in a certain amount of time. Set time limits and be productive in that period of time. Also, having more social life and improving your free time reflects a lot in the amount of work done in the end of each day.

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1 Response

  1. Cat says:

    I just started using the Pomodoro technique (yes, I’m late to the party on this one) and I love it. Keeps me super productive. And I don’t always intentionally go for the chargerless technique, but it sure does make me productive!

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