Parkinson's Laws: What Do They Teach Us?

    Parkinson's Laws: What Do They Teach Us?

    N. Parkinson is not the one who gave his name to the famous disease
    degenerative, but he is a British historian. In the 50s of the past century,
    the British government gave him the task of studying the complicated system
    bureaucratic related to the management of the colonies of the empire at the time
    these by now had all, or almost all, made themselves independent. Like this, Parkinson, he discovered something
    surprising: to the same extent that the empire was losing its own
    colonies and therefore consequently the bureaucracy and the
    work related to the same, on the contrary, public employees of this
    sector grew out of all proportion due to the fact that public officials created
    continuously new jobs to have subordinates employed by them
    that they worked for them (or perhaps it would be better to say: that they worked for them

    trend was so strong that Parkinson claimed that bureaucracy was increasing for
    number of employees and offices in the progressive measure of 5-7% per year and independently
    the amount of work there was to be done. TO
    at this point, Parkinson formulated three fundamental laws inspired by his own
    practical experience: 1.
    The job expands to fill all the time you have 2.
    Expenses increase to cover all income 3.
    The time devoted to any topic on the agenda is inversely proportional to
    its importance Maybe
    information technology can help us better understand these laws: in the past i
    computers and memory disks had a small capacity, so we were there
    we adjusted to the available space by optimizing resources. Today the memory of the
    computers and external drives have multiplied their capacity enormously but
    we keep filling them, sometimes with useless and duplicate files, and we end up with
    need even more space. Parkinson's laws applied to
    daily life

    if we apply these laws to our daily life we ​​could assume a maxim
    which generalizes them: “The work expands
    up to occupy all the available time; the more time you have e
    the more the work and its importance, and it will require more effort ”. Or in
    simple words: the more time we have, the more we waste it. Like this,
    the first reflection to which Parkinson's laws lead us consists in
    ask ourselves if all the activities we carry out on a daily basis are really
    important to us and which of these we could eliminate with the aim of
    have more time available to devote it to other activities that arise
    more meaningful and pleasant. The second
    Parkinson's law would lead us to wonder if we really need everything
    what we own or, more importantly: if we need it all
    that we want. This consumer society has created a lot of goods that don't
    they are essential and even less necessary. However, we are not aware of
    this and we continue to work to buy us perfectly useless things.
    Instead, it wouldn't be better to invest this money in creating moments
    unforgettable in the company of the people we love? It wouldn't be better to spare him
    so we can afford the luxury of working less and spending more time on
    our passions? In the end,
    Parkinson's third law shows us the bad way we use the
    our time. Let's stop for a moment and think about what are the three plus things
    important in our life. Now let's ask ourselves how much time do we spend each day
    to the same. We usually spend a good part of the day doing it
    activities that are not meaningful to us and much less pleasant, while that
    the really essential things take up a small-to-small space in ours

    many will say that it is impossible to change since the company exercises one
    strong influence on each of us. Unfortunately this is true, but we must remember
    provided that things have the power that we ourselves have attributed to them.

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