67% of Startup CEOs Have One Problem

I asked CEOs and founders to answer my interview questions, and I gathered some interesting data.

Get to know a simple rule how to become more successful than 67% of other Startup CEOs

Have you ever read articles with titles like, “7 Common Things the Most Successful People Do?” It works as a trigger. If you wanna be successful, do the things all successful people do. Do you know them? Take responsibility, work hard, believe in yourself and your vision, blah blah blah.

These things are basic principles. Every person should believe in yourself and take responsibility to feel her presence.

What is the reality? What do start-up founders do in their day-to-day routines? What challenges do they face in building their companies? Do I face the same? Getting an answer to these questions was the main intention of my research at Clever.do.

I asked CEOs and founders to answer my interview questions, and I gathered some interesting data. I found that 67% of CEOs have problems with prioritization. CEOs who have prioritization problems use task management apps, but these usage patterns confused me: they use apps every single day — but they still have trouble prioritizing and managing their time and tasks.

Are these task management apps inefficient? Could it be that they really fail to help CEOs, and, in fact, could they be doing more harm than good? The answer is “Yes” to both — but especially to the former: these apps are extremely inefficient. Some CEOs who use task management apps aren’t satisfied with the usage. Besides me.

What do all of us need to work productively and make sure we get the right things done? What features should be built into a task management app to make it 100% helpful? You gave me the answer.

The app should have the following features:

  • is easy and intuitive, and doesn’t take much time while using it
  • provides clear planning and task prioritization with task status
  • offers integration with a calendar, inbox, other technologies
  • gives an overview of the most impactful tasks and keeps high-level priorities in view
  • provides the ability to link strategic goals to the task
  • helps to keep track of delegated tasks and measure them

As many of interviewed Startup CEOs, I had the same problem with time management, which spilled over into my projects and my life. But better prioritization helped solve this by giving me more time, more energy and more freedom. It wasn’t so easy to put this principle into practice. Do you know what your priorities are? For example, I can’t forget my household chores. It sounds strange, I know — many people dream about just that! For me, it isn’t easy because the order that surrounds me affects the order in my mind. But as I thought more and more about all of this, I realized that I needed to prioritize my tasks and do the right things at the right times.

I found the number one rule for me: I shouldn’t schedule all my “to-dos,” I should schedule my priorities. Each task has its priority — you just need to identify it, label it, and organize it.

Photo by Noah Silliman.

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