Parkinson’s Law

Parkinson’s Law

or The Rising Pyramid

Work – it is said – expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. ‘It is the busiest man who has time to spare’. A lack of real activity does not necessarily result in leisure, and a lack of occupation is not necessarily revealed by a manifest idleness. The thing to be done swells in importance and complexity in a direct ratio with the time to be spent.

C. Northcote Parkinson

As interesting this statement is, and considering the improtant light it sheds on our use of our time – not just filling up the idleness, one is inclined to think about personal time management habits, and our allocation of our time to work, instead of allocating work to our time .. An interesting duality, that extends itself to themes related to determinism and taking charge of one’s own circumstances… Important in its links to proactivity in creating one’s future self, based on current allocation of work to available time (NOT time to available work) [ present self = sum of experiences of the past self ]


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