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Moms and Parkinson's Law

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Ever heard of Parkinson's Law? I bet you've experienced it. It means that work expands to fill the time available for completion. It's saying that we give tasks more time than they really need. Remember when you had all semester to study for an exam, but then you crammed it in to 24 hours? Or you had all month to make your son's Halloween costume, but then did it the night before? Or maybe you worked on a project for three months but it really could have been done in 2 days? Why does this matter? Because moms feel like they don't have enough time. So, if we can help you defeat Parkinson's Law, we can also help you find some time.

1) Take a task, such as doing the laundry, and give yourself half the amount of time to get it done. For instance, if you normally fold laundry for half an hour, try to get it done in 15 minutes.

2) Put time limits on things that sap your time. I'm talking about facebook, email, etc. Set a timer. Get in and get out.

3) Eat that frog. Tackle the things that you don't want to get done first thing in the morning.

If work expands to the time allotted, give yourself less time. Basically, you need to create artificial time restraints on yourself. When you do, you will have more freedom. Now, be careful not to fill that time up with more stuff. What would you do with more time? Exercise, meditate, nature, you name it. Now, you will be able to do it!

Lisa Druxman

Idea monkey who loves dark coffee, yummy breakfasts, quick workouts and long meditations. Sharing my answers about life and motherhood as I'm figuring it all out.

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