“Work expands to fill the time available”
“Work contracts to fit in the time we give it” (Horstman’s take on it)
10am – You get given a task, and mentally think it will take 2 hours to complete.
Fired up with a new task, you will just have a cup of tea before you get going.
10:15am – Check your FaceBook and Instagram while you have your tea.
Couple of things to reply to there.
Funny clip. Tea’s gone cold now.
10:30am – Right, one more tea then on with that task
10:40am – Sit down to start task. Email pops up you had better just deal with. Nothing major, but if you don’t reply immediately you’ll look like you are slacking.
11:00am – Inbox cleared a bit now.
11:05am – Task start time. Clear desk. Fresh sheet of paper. Sharpen pencil (metaphorically – who uses pencils nowadays! – Oh, what was that new pencil thing you saw on Twitter yesterday, looked interesting. Scans straight to Word.)
11:15am – Magic pencil now on birthday wish list. Task starts.
11:40am – Phone rings. Urgent matter, need to pause task and fix this. Have cup of tea while sorting it out (multi-tasking, see!)
12:00am – Lunch soon. Back to task now.
12:30pm – Lunch. No time to take a proper break – not even half way through task yet. Grab sandwich and work through lunch.
12:45pm – Crumbs in keyboard. How long have they been in there?
1pm – Keyboard clean now. Task can resume. Re-read the brief as might have forgotten what the point of the task was.
2pm – That was great. Really good. Task about 75% complete now. Starting to feel a bit afternoon-drowsy. Coffee to pick you up.
2:20pm – Emails been pinging in over lunch. People wanting your opinion on their tasks. Delegating stuff to you. You’re busy enough. They need to manage their time better.
2:30pm – Final strait now. Let’s get this task finished.
3pm – Task finished.
3:05pm – Maybe you should have done the task a different way
3:10pm – Re-do first half of task as second half is much better quality
4pm – Now first half is better than second half, probably good to re-do that to match good first half
5pm – Task finished. Go home. Don’t think about task now. Done, completed. New task to do tomorrow
9am – Re-do task after overnight epiphany
9:10am – Just have a cup of tea first……