“Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.” - Cyril Northcote Parkinson
I have seen this to be true in a lot of scenarios.
It is linked to the ease and self-preservation cycle of humans.
Most people procrastinate, because it is the easy choice. The same people rush to complete execution close to deadlines, because they will rather not fail (or be shamed).
On a personal note, I have noticed this phenomenon in daily blogging.
Zazparelli used to be a weekly blog, written typically on Sundays, with the usual mad rush of “This week is coming to an end, and I have written nothing!!!”.
Then I finally listened to Seth Godin, after he shared – “The first 1,000 are the most difficult”. Now, I blog daily.
Shorter timeline, but exciting outcomes so far.
I now share in 7 days, what I would have shared in 7 weeks. A 700% increase in productivity!!!
What’s even more extraordinary is that it is less effortful. All I have to do to blog daily is pay attention, and the posts sometimes write themselves.
– Osasu Oviawe