Survey: Business Leaders Struggle to Check Off All Items on To-Do Lists

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<p><strong>Madbury, N.H. &mdash; Sept. 20</strong><br />If you keep a daily to-do list of up to 20 items and don&#39;t get them all done by the end of the day, you are hardly alone.<br /><br />The majority (96 percent) of business leaders keep a to-do list during the day, with 81 percent having a list of one to 20 items, according to the worldwide survey of 243 senior executives and managers conducted by NFI Research.<br /><br />One-third of senior executives and managers say they have between 11 and 20 items on their to-do list during the workday.<br /><br />Eighty-three percent of senior executives and managers say that they generally complete up to 70 percent of their to-do list during the work day, and no one completes every item on their list.<br /><br />”People should make shorter to-do lists so they have a better chance of getting most of the list done by the end of the day,” said Chuck Martin, NFI Research CEO and author of “SMARTS, Are We Hardwired for Success?” </p><p>When comparing senior executives and managers to how many items were completed out of their list, senior executives had a higher percentage.<br /><br />More than three-quarters (77 percent) of senior executives completed between 50 percent and 100 percent of their to-do list, and only 65 percent of managers completed the same.<br /><br />”I keep a list of things to do, but not necessarily that they have to be completed that day rather a running tab of things to accomplish as some follow others,” one survey respondent said.<br /><br />By organization size, 40 percent of executives and managers at large companies keep a list of 11 to 20 items, and only 25 percent of those at midsize companies keep the same.</p>

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