The Entrepreneurial Operating System™ messes with your brain. We do it for your own good.  Have you ever heard of Parkinson’s Law?  The law states that everything expands to the time and space allotted to it.  Meaning, if you allow a year to get the job done, it will take a year.  If you give seven days to get it done, it will take seven days.  We’ve all heard the adage, the more you make the more you spend.  Parkinson’s Law.

Without Time Limits You Make Less Progress

So, how does EOS® leverage Parkinson’s Law to help you get more done in less time? Easy, we put time limits on how long you have to get everything done. 
 
For example, let’s say you want to start a cross-selling strategy in your business.  You think it will help you grow your revenue. If you don’t put a time limit to get it done, the project will drag on forever. Without time limits, you’ll end up attending to non-important but urgent tasks. You will miss the opportunity.
 
Also, when you don’t have time limits or other constraints on the project, it tends to expand in different ways. It will grow in the duration, but the scope of the project will also increase.
 
You will fall into the traps of automating some of the cross-selling or you may want to create new products to sell. Before you know it you made no progress at all. A project that started out as simple and effective turns into a useless and complicated behemoth.

Put Time Limits On Everything

An O4G EOS Implementer™ will help you create a 90-day Rock to put in place that cross-selling strategy.  We help you create S.M.A.R.T goals designed to keep you laser-focused on what you need to get done within a time limit.
 
EOS leverages Parkinson’s Law by creating the Vision/Traction Organizer. We help you put limits with a 10-Year Target™, a 3-Year Picture™, a 1-Year Plan, Quarterly Rocks, and weekly to-do’s. 
 
EOS helps you put more constraints on the business to help you get more done. For example, we help reduce the type of activities you spend your time on with the Delegate and Elevate™ tool.
 
The result is you will get more done in a shorter amount of time.  You will be more focused on the important things instead of running around with your hair on fire.  We leverage human nature with Parkinson’s Law in EOS to help you get more done and execute on your vision.

 

You Must Take The Time Limits Seriously

The caveat to all these time limits is accountability.  If you aren’t accountable to the time limits we’ve created the system doesn’t work.  You need to have a system of accountability to take advantage of Parkinson’s Law.  
 
Strengthening the Six Key Components will help you leverage Parkinson’s Law.
 
Hiring a coach or EOS Implementer will also help you stay accountable to your self-imposed constraints.
 
Not one of my clients enjoys reporting that their Rocks “not done” when we meet once per quarter.  It never feels good to say you haven’t completed your goals in front of your entire team and give reasons why not.

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