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ASP 64: How Parkinson’s Law Can Skyrocket Your Author Productivity

Improved productivity means less human sweat, not more.

— Henry Ford

In this episode, Steve shares how he still maintain his productivity after being a father.

Though he no longer has the benefit of having the whole day to work on his business because of his new responsibilities, he found that he’s getting more things done now. He talks about Parkinson’s Law and how authorpreneurs can use it to increase productivity.

Basically, Parkinson’s Law states that “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”

By giving yourself a restricted amount of time to work on your books, you can come up with creative ways to get it done!


What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

  • How to work and maintain productivity in the midst of life’s big changes
  • Parkinson’s Law and how it applies to work-at-home authors
  • How to streamline and prioritize your work
  • How routine can help your creativity
  • Practical ways to apply Parkinson’s Law and the tools you can use
  • How to effectively use daily goals to maintain your productivity

How to Use Parkinson’s Law to Your Author Business:

  • Break down your publishing process into specific steps (Check out The Bestseller Checklist.)
  • Use ToDoist.
    • Create a project for EACH book you’re working on.
    • Write down the specific actions you need to take
    • Create a “repeatable” task for your writing.
  • Create deadlines for each one. Put it on a calendar.
  • Be restrictive with these deadlines.
  • Hire a virtual Assistant.

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  • J2R

    Hi Steve and Barrie!

    I enjoy your podcast so much! Thank you for sharing all your great ideas.

    I did have a question though.

    In your last podcast, you lead with the Parkinson’s Law concept.

    This interested me greatly.

    However, I was wondering if you could make this more tangible and exemplary.

    I left the podcast inspired to write—like always—but I missed the details or something.

    For example, if Parkinson’s is basically a fancy term for dynamic deadlines.

    So what are some example deadlines and timeframes for you?

    Regarding your handy publishing checklist, how do you “Parkinson’s Law” that?

    What would help me is exactly how Parkinson’s figures into your work.

    I’m guessing this is covered in your course, but what could you just tell me here?

    Anyhow, you got me thinking! Deadlines are my bete noir lately.

    Please let me know what you think about this.

    Thank you and take care!

      Steve Scott

      Yes, the long short of it is that with tighter deadlines you get a lot more done. Regarding a specific example… currently, I’m giving myself 21 days to do a complete edit/rewrite of my next book (which is 30,000 words). This is pretty aggressive…but what I’m finding is that by creating this arbitrary deadline, I’m “finding” additional time to work on my book. Like yesterday, I had 15 minutes before I had to leave the house. Normally, I would just relax, but instead, I sat down and cranked out 300 words. This is the kind of thinking when applying Parkinson’s Law… push yourself to do more by creating tight deadlines.

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