I started a new book this morning, Clockwork, by Mike Michalowicz. I’m only a few pages in but can already tell I’m going to enjoy his contributions to my own quest for personal development. The entire concept of the book is based around how we use our time from what I can tell and how to get the most out of it. I find this very interesting, because I, like many of you feel I never have enough of it. What struck me this morning was his re-iteration of a concept I had heard in the past called Parkinson’s Law and how he applied it to time.
Parkinson’s Law states that:
“Our consumption of a resource expands to meet its supply.”
When applying this to time, he’s basically saying that no matter how productive we become, if we continually use all of our time for work then we’ve really not accomplished anything. Why do you want to be more productive in the first place? This hit me in both a good and bad way. From a bad perspective, I am continually writing about how to become more productive and organized. In a good way, because it made me step back and think about why I’m doing that in the first place. I want to be more productive so that I have more time for the things that make me happy.
* NOTE: You can read more about Parkinson’s Law here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkinson%27s_law
Schedule Time For Happiness
We all have our reasons for wanting to be more productive, but I’d be willing to bet if you ask why for long enough, it boils down to wanting to be happy. Happiness for you may be different than it is for me, but however you define it, we want more of it and we want it now. This creates a bit of a paradox because happiness can be fleeting. What I’ve learned so far from this book is that if I only schedule time to work towards what I think will make me happy, but never actually stop to enjoy it, then applying Parkinson’s Law, I will consume all of my time working and never actually being happy. That’s a real downer. So the big takeaway is that productivity is great, but happiness is why I want to be more productive. We all need to schedule time to enjoy the happiness becoming more productive brings along the way.
Ask yourself why you want to be more productive. When you figure out what that why is, make sure to schedule time for it into your day. That time will now become your motivation. Your focus on becoming more productive will have meaning. That why, is what it’s all about.
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