On Writing: Parkinson’s Law

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Have you heard of Parkinson’s Law? It originated with Cyril Parkinson in a humorous essay published in The Economist in 1955 and was reprinted in Parkinson’s Law: The Pursuit of Progress by John Murray (1958).

The law states that work will expand and swell in importance so as to fill the time available for its completion. Alternatively, some define Parkinson’s law in regard to time as the amount of time that one has to perform as task is the amount of time it will take to complete a task. This theory posits that the more time you give yourself to do something, the more complex and daunting it will seem. The perceived amount of work swells to fit the time allotted.

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According to this law, if you give yourself a month to work on any project, that project will take…

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  1. I learned to love deadines when I was a magazine editor and this year I gave myself the target of publishing 12 steampunk books in 12 months (mostly novellas, but some novels).

    I did worry that quality would suffer – but, as it happens, so far so good.

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