A new study by LinkedIn shows that professionals – including job seekers – could benefit from being more focused and better organized.
The average professional has a long to-do list. For job seekers, the to-do list is even longer – and according to a new study by LinkedIn, many of the items on those lists aren’t getting done in a timely manner.
Based on a survey of 6,500 LinkedIn members around the world, 89 percent of professionals admitted that they aren’t able to finish everything on their daily to-do list.
The study also showed:
- More than a quarter (26 percent) admitted to being easily distracted.
- Younger professionals (18 – 29 year-olds) are 11 percent more likely to be distracted than workers and job seekers over the age of 45.
- Approximately 70 percent of women make to-do lists compared to 60 percent of men.
How to Be More Efficient and Organized
LinkedIn’s Connection Director, Nicole Williams, offers the following tips to help job seekers and career professionals become more productive and efficient:
Track Your Time
“Unless you’re craving the pleasure of the ‘scratch-off’ that comes with completing a task, it is unlikely you’re listing activities like “online shopping” or “reading gossip sites”, so spend a week tracking all of your time at work. It is worth finding out if you’re spending an inordinate amount of time on unproductive tasks to understand why you were unable to get to that report.”
Conquer Difficult Task
“These are the things that you find on your list time and again because they are either difficult, non-essential or things that you just don’t want to do. Hard-to-solve problems are most often solved through group-think – or rather, by someone who’s also encountered the same issue and knows how to solve it.”