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The Parkinson Law

Parkinson's Law: Any projects will expand with time available to do it - joelalain.com

On this Wednesday morning, I want to remind you about one of the things that I MOST struggled at all my life. The one thing that I’ve now been practicing* since January 2013: make your projects shorter without reducing quality. Most project can be done in 1/10th of the time if you delegate properly, spend time only on what essential, focus on the 80-20 rule, etc. Yes, 1/10th.

I realized after reading the 4-Hour Workweek how much time I wasted at every projects that I did in the past: making things more beautiful, giving my clients things they never asked for in the first place (therefore doing more work-for-work), adding tasks and sub tasks that were absolutely non essential to the desired outcome of that project, etc. In other words, I was spending my time on things that didn’t matter.

I’ll write a more complete post on this later on, but for now I wanted to share with you this little “poster” that I  did for myself as part of my Uber Blog Growth Challenge (I need to do 80 such posters in February).

Have a fantastic week, and don’t forget to comment, give tricks, etc if you have any!



* NOTE: I’ll write an article on the future on this, but for now I’ll just say that if you want to be good at anything, of fix something that’s keeping you from moving forward, or improve a strength, then you’ll need to practice it!

I hear so often people say that “they can’t improve at something” but when I ask them: “What have you tried?” or “How often do you practice?”, then they look at me confused “I tried one time, a few months ago”.

Here’s the dirty secret: you’ll NEVER improve if you don’t PLAN to, if you don’t SET TIME ASIDE to PRACTICE the notion EACH WEEK a few times. It doesn’t need to be hours, you can just take two or three 30 minutes sessions per week.

For example, you could give yourself 1 short project (ONE MAX) that you think can be done in 3 hours and then give yourself 30 min to complete. You’ll ALWAYS complain “it’s impossible” at first, don’t worry. I do that all the time too. But once your brain accepts it, it WILL start finding solutions.

Here is an example of such a practice: I gave myself only 60 min (see my timer on the picture) to build a trebuchet using ONLY paper, string and scotch tape (+ counter weights) and it had to be able to launch a projectile 2 meters away. I made it, barely! The point is FORCE yourself to think outside the box by always practicing on very VARIED projects so that your brain become more malleable. Once you do it one time, practice the SAME PROJECT 2 more times while removing steps, parts finding shortcuts, etc. You’ll soon become a master project manager that will create more and more great work in MUCH LESS TIME. Also, if you’re like me and like building stuff, then this is a ton of fun! And it applies to projects of any size, not just hobbies and crafts of course.

Paper Trebuchet

My August 2013 paper trebuchet challenge: I had to build a paper trebuchet in only 60 minutes using ONLY newspapers, scotch-tape and some string.



Joel Alain is on a quest to the 4 Hour Workweek Lifestyle, Accelerated Growth & Meta Learning. He rejects status quo and the so called "common sense" and creates his own vision of reality. The goal being to live the life you've imagined, no matter how crazy that is. Hop in.
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