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LinkedIn Survey: Office To-do Lists Seldom Get Done

May 25, 2012

Kristin Samuelson

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Making a to-do list is only half the battle. Following through on it is a much larger hurdle, according to a LinkedIn survey released Tuesday.

Of 6,580 professionals polled around the world, 89 percent of respondents said they could not accomplish all the tasks on their daily to-do lists, largely because of distractions by email, impromptu meetings or phone calls.

By industry, agriculture professionals claimed to be the most productive, with 83 percent of respondents saying they regularly fulfill most or all of their planned tasks. Legal professionals ranked the lowest, with 66 percent of respondents saying they accomplished most or all of their tasks. Seventy-six percent of legal respondents said they have a separation between personal and professional lives, while only 40 percent of professionals in the art industry reported having that separation.

Out of the 15 countries included in the study, respondents in Brazil reported frequently keeping a to-do list at the highest rate (73 percent). The U.S. was number six, with 67 percent of respondents saying they keep a to-do list. Japan had the lowest percentage of respondents who kept a to-do list: 45 percent.

Source: (c) 2012 the Chicago Tribune

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