Parkinson’s Law says “the Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.” That means however how much time you give yourself to do something is how long it will take you to do it.
The work will expand to fill the space you give to it.
Which also fits perfectly into what I believe and am always saying–time is an illusion and it will bend to your will.
You don’t need a lot of time to do the things you need and/or want to do. You just need to make space for it to get done.
I didn’t want to write this blog post right now, to be totally honest. I downloaded the message this morning that it’s time for me to write and publish my next eBook and so that’s really what I want to be doing right now.
But this message was also coming through me strong, and so I’m writing it down first, before I work on my eBook stuff.
Except I’m not just allowing myself to sit down and write this blog post for however long I feel like. Hell no.
If I did that, it would end up taking me 45 minutes to an hour, maybe more, and I’ve got other writing stuff to do.
So I set a timer for 15 minutes. And then I started writing this.
Is 15 minutes enough time to write this? And not only to write this, but to make it something that’s valuable for someone else to spend their time reading?
Of course. You can just as easily do something in 15 minutes that you think takes longer than that.
In 2016, I wrote and published an eBook in 10 days (yes, seriously) and it ended up being one of my bestsellers. I’m getting ready to write and publish this next one in 10 days as well (more on that in my P.S.).
You don’t need a lot of time to do the things you want to do, you just have to make space to do them.
Give it a try. Choose something that you’ve been putting off, set a timer for 15 minutes and then do that thing. See how far you get.
You may not always get it all done, but you’ll have a damn good start on it, and the motivation to keep going.
Dream life or bust,
P.S. I’m gonna be writing and publishing my next eBook in only 10 days… want to join me? I’m thinking about running another round of my Write and Publish Your Nonfiction eBook in 10 Days workshop so other writers and entrepreneurs can write and publish along with me. Comment below if you’d be down to join me.
P.S.S. I did finish this post in under 15 minutes, including the P.S., and that includes the time it took me to look up the name of the law that says work will expand to fill the time you give it (Parkinson’s Law…see above).