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A Mercury wallpaper and Parkinson’s law

Do you know Parkinson’s law? Well, maybe you do not know that you know it.

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

Sounds familiar? You know what happens if you give a task a certain amount of time. You will use it. Or fill the spare minutes with things you do not need to do. It seems that the application of Pareto’s law gets better when time is not available.

Maybe you take the wallpaper (which will fit a screen with 16:9) and let Mercury remind you that there are tasks which need to be done. Parkinson’s law and Mercury seems to be a strange combination – if you think of Mercury as a god of trade and travel, the importance of effectiveness over efficiency clearly makes sense. But this is a different story…

The uncropped version of the picture can be seen on 500px.com

Mercury by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Mercury by Stefan Steinbauer