Breaking down large projects into smaller tasks is the best way to get through those most daunting of to-dos. But what if you’re struggling to move quickly with the smaller tasks?
“Let’s think back to Parkinson’s Law: “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” The no-clocks thing works great for short tasks. When I don’t know how much time I have to complete a task, I naturally work as quickly as possible the entire time.”
While hiding the time might not be helpful with long projects (as Sean points out, what harm is a little Reddit break when your deadline isn’t for 2 weeks?), not knowing how much time you have could encourage you to work a little faster.
Does hiding the time make you work faster? Share your experiences in the comments below.
This hack is part of a series of weekly workplace hacks that teaches you about collaboration, productivity and time saving tips. Published every Wednesday.