Parkinson’s Law

Any task will inflate until all of the available time is spent.

Key Takeaways

Any task will inflate until all of the available time is spent.

Origins

Articulated by Cyril Northcote Parkinson as part of the first sentence of a humorous essay published in The Economist in 1955 and since republished online, it was reprinted with other essays in the book Parkinson’s Law: The Pursuit of Progress (London, John Murray, 1958). He derived the dictum from his extensive experience in the British Civil Service.

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