Tasks Expand to Fill Time – Jane Veldhoven

Summer is finally here and I’m getting really tired of working 7 days a week.  It’s so easy to get sucked into doing that especially when you run your own business. If I continue to do it summer will be over and I’ll have missed it. So, I’ve made a commitment to try to stop working on the weekends at least until the fall. Now, I have to figure out how to do that. 

I actually do know how to do that because I preach it to my clients all the time.  It’s based on the concept that if you think you have ample time to get things done, the things you have to do will expand to fill the time.  Whereas, if you set yourself a limit like, I have to get everything done between Monday morning and Friday afternoon, you will be amazed at how quickly you can accomplish tasks and projects.

Think about how much you get done before you go on vacation.  If you’re taking a week or two off you have a bunch of things that you ‘have to’ get done before then and you just do it.  You might have to adopt the ‘done is better than perfect’ philosophy in order to accomplish this and you may have to decide to drop a few things altogether – yikes!

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