And once you've established that heroism is required to hit deadlines, just like gas in a container, work will expand to fill the available space.
A great piece of writing about the dangers of over-working. I’ve always believed that balance is required. Rather than a focus on the number of hours a person works, focus on why someone works so long. Usually, it’s “heroism” at play, which is really the negative part of over-work. This piece does a good job of noting the specifics of why this is bad for everyone.