Parkinson's Law

This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. -John 15:8

Do you procrastinate? I know I do. I could never figure out why. I would always wait until the last possible moment to study for a test, to write a paper, to . . . you name it. Recently I heard a law that changed everything. Parkinson’s Law.

Parkinson’s Law states: Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

In other words. If I give you a month to write a paper for me, it will take you a month to write the paper. If I give you 24 hours to write a paper, it will take you 24 hours to write the paper. It’s the deadline that motivates you to action on long term projects.

As a result of learning this law, I’m starting to set a lot more deadlines. I’ll set more deadlines for the people I lead. We will accomplish a lot more. I’m excited.

In John 15, God says it pleases Him when we bear much fruit. I believe the more deadlines we set in our lives, the more we will accomplish in life.

I’d encourage you to set some deadlines on big goals you have and share them with someone who will hold you to that deadline. If you’ll do that on a consistent basis, you’ll start accomplishing so much more!

So, what deadlines do you need to set this week? This month? This year?


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