Farmers are the best at completing their “to do” list. It comes as no surprise. An item left undone on their list could be a matter of life or death. So what can you do to be more like a farmer? The great news is that you aren’t alone in your struggle to check everything off your list, according to a recent LinkedIn survey on to do lists.
First, write it down
According to LinkedIn’s survey, 45% of respondents recorded their lists electronically and 50% on paper. You have to wonder what the 5% who reported “other” were doing… There’s a saying…”what gets written down, gets done.” This is vitally true in job search. How are you doing writing down your daily and weekly action items? Use a calendar!
Hold Yourself Accountable (or have others)
It seems, generally, when your list contains items that are of a critical nature or directly impact a customer, people are more likely to get through their lists. Hmmm, so why are people in the legal and medical fields at the bottom of the list of getting their list done? Let’s learn from the farmers! It is hard work! Just know that you will have to roll up your sleeves, get dirty and sweaty and get ‘er done!
Creatives have a harder time staying on track, according to the LinkedIn survey. When the actions and items on your list are vague, unspecific or not regimented, it may make it harder to complete them. Do your best to stay focused. Use an egg timer to structure your time if you struggle with this.
Because I love infographics, here is the one referenced in the LinkedIn article by Nicole Williams, Does Your To Do List Need a Makeover?
Any surprises here? Do you struggle to complete the items on your to do list?
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.