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How to Use Parkinson's Law to Get Things Done

This past summer, I helped my dad prepare his house to sell so he could move into an apartment. My parents' house was not large, but was substantially bigger than his apartment! He had also lived there for 50 years. I had a friend to help get things show-ready in 5 days. It was a crazy amount of work, but the 5 days provided a time-container of sorts. Looking back, I am thankful it was such a short amount of time because if I had a month, it would have taken a month. And having a friend there to help who wasn't as sentimentally attached to the "stuff" was a godsend.
"Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion." This line in The Economist by Cyril Parkinson is known as Parkinson's Law and took on negative connotations regarding bureaucracy. I have found it to be the perfect description of how I work best to complete things.
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