Consider this: attempt to write a friendly conversational letter, carry on a relaxing conversation with a friend, take a walk on the beach, and enjoy a cup of coffee; all within the space of one minute. It can’t be done.
We try to compress too many things into spans of time too short to accommodate them all. We get frustrated when so many things go undone. Perhaps an adaptation of Horstman’s corollary (“work contracts to fit in the time we give it”) to Parkinson’s Law (“work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”) is in order.
Changing Horstman’s corollary just a bit gets to the root of the matter: “Enjoyment of life contracts to fit in the time we give it. Give it all the time it needs.”