The Law of Forced Efficiency

When you find yourself under pressure to get a job done by a particular deadline, you are forced to be vastly more efficient than you would ever be if you felt that you had ample time. This explains why so many people only get the job done when they are faced with stringent deadlines.

Parkinson’s Law says: “Work expands to fill the time allotted for it.” If you have two hours of work to do and an entire day in which to do it, the work will tend to expand gradually and will take you all day long to complete the two hours of work.

However, the reverse is also true. It is: “Work contracts to fill the time allotted for it.” Use this law by setting deadlines for yourself that force you to complete the task well in advance.

The Law of Forced EfficiencyThe Law of Forced Efficiency states that there is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important things, if you are willing and able to stretch yourself. Only by stretching and challenging yourself will you discover how much you are truly capable of.

All this effectively means is that the more responsibility you take upon your shoulders the more likely you are to act with maximum efficiency in order to get the most important jobs done that are most vital for the attainment of your goals.

The key question you can ask is:

“What is the most valuable use of my time, right now?”

Every hour of every day, there is an answer to this question. Your job is to ask yourself that question, over and over again – and to make sure you’re always spending your time working on whatever is most important at that particular moment.

The more accurate your answers to this question, the easier it will be for you to set clear priorities and overcome procrastination.

In the book, Eat That Frog!, personal effectiveness expert Brian Tracy shows you how to zero in on the critical tasks and organize each day – you’ll not only get more done faster, but you’ll also get the right things done.


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