Parkinson's Law claimed that:
Work expands to fill the time available for its completion
Although it can be applied everywhere, I'm more interested in its relation to personal productivity.
Roughly translated, it means, the more time you have to finish a task, the more complicate it become, or maybe, the more time it's likely to take to finish that task.
Reality connected, I've found myself picking up tasks with high estimation (in terms of complexity, time to finish) and doing nothing until the last minutes, assuming everyone else in the team would be OK with me taking long time on it, because it's a hard one (by estimation). (see [Social Loafing]).
Eventually, such habit dragged down my productivity and do more harm to both me and the team than good.
Knowing what's Parkinson's Law is and the impact of it, is just half of the problem. The other half is how to combat Parkinson's Law. According to an article from Atlassian, here's how:
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