How Common Is Procrastination? A Study

Darius Foroux
Stoic Letter
4 min readJul 4, 2019

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What part of knowledge workers procrastinates on average? It’s a simple question. But until now, no one provided an answer.

Research has only focused on the procrastination behavior of college students. It doesn’t require much research to answer that question. Students are notorious for procrastinating.

And yet, most scientific studies didn’t do a good job in capturing how many students actually procrastinate. One study estimated that “25 to 75 percent of college students procrastinate on academic work.”

That’s a useless statement. Is it 25% or 75%? That’s a huge difference. Also, scientists often surveyed only a hundred people or less. While research into the consequences of procrastination has been solid, there are no strong results that show how many people actually procrastinate.

Another issue I have with scientific studies is that students don’t represent the workforce. Students don’t have the same urgency and responsibility that professionals have. That’s why I set out to discover how many professionals procrastinate in my own study.

2,219 People Participated In This Survey

The survey I conducted had one goal. I wanted to know what percentage of the workforce admits to procrastinating on an average day. I didn’t pose a…

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Darius Foroux
Stoic Letter

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