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How to Keep Parkinson’s Law From Derailing Your Productivity

Parkinson’s Law says, “Work expands to fill the time available.” The law comes from the satirical book, Parkinson’s Law: The Pursuit of Progress, written by C. Northcote Parkinson, an English historian and author.

The law is actually an expansion of the Peter Principle in which it is believed, “in a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to their level of incompetence”.

Parkinson ‘s study of human behavior is still often referred to in philosophical thinking circles as it relates to life and work.  Particularly important is how management as well as front line employees manage work projects and work processes.  One of my favorite questions to ask when I am studying a work group is, “Are you doing things right or are you doing the right things?”

My question is to get to the root of the most important matters of all, which are efficiency, productivity, and relevancy.   If you have the finest and most perfect process to count “widgets”, does this beautiful and perfect system really matter if the number of “widgets” is not important in the larger scheme of things?   In other words, make sure that what you are working on really matters.

Do you need a partner to help you look into the ways that your workplace operates?  Is your work team operating at it’s full potential.  We can assist you with time management and project management training.  Please call us at 901-757-4434 or 1-800-452-4036 and we can get you started on peak productivity.

“Are you doing things right or are you doing the right things?”   Judy W. Bell

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