Parkinson’s Law and Why You Need To Set Time Limits by Jim Wang

Allow me to introduce you to Jim Wang from Microblogger.

Jim built a hugely successful personal finance blog all the way back in dial-up days (2005) and now has an awesome blog at Check him out and enjoy this bit of awesomeness from him.

“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”

That’s known as Parkinson’s law and it comes from the first sentence of an essay, written by Cyril Northcote Parkinson, that was published in The Economist in 1955.

It’s since been cited numerous times and while it’s not a law in the “we have tons of data to prove it” sense, it’s an idea that you should take to heart if you’re trying to run a business.

Parkinson's Law - Jim Wang on time Limits

When I started my personal finance blog, Bargaineering, I was doing it as a fun little side project. I’d find myself with a lot of time after work and given the deluge of personal finance news and information I had to digest (reading 401k manuals wasn’t my idea of fun but you have to do it!), I thought it’d be useful to keep a journal. It just so happened that I did it as a blog.