If you are one of those people who constantly battle the challenge of not having enough hours in the day and keep extending the number of hours you are working just to keep up, then it’s time for a rethink! Research suggests that the key to getting more done isn’t simply a case of working longer hours, but instead working smarter with the time you have. Remember Parkinson’s Law, the theory that work expands to fill the time available for its completion. Think about it, if you have a deadline, you’ll almost always meet it, because Parkinson’s Law forces you to bring more energy, motivation and focus to your work within a set period of time. Whereas if you don’t have a deadline, the same task will take much longer and you will constantly be distracted by other things. So, the trick to productivity is to limit not extend your working day, meaning it forces you to focus on completing tasks within a very specific period of time. Also, numerous research studies support the fact that people working longer hours each day and week don’t actually produce a greater number of outputs in the long term as fatigue sets in and productivity drops anyway. The bottom line is focus on working smarter and on the most important things, and within a set timeframe each day. You will achieve more, hit deadlines more often, and feel more refreshed each day.