The Procrastination Survey 23. Taking clothes to the dry cleaners or picking them up (25 percent) 23. Preparing and filing income taxes (25 percent) 23. Preparing a budget (25 percent) 24. Changing the batteries in smoke alarm(s) (23 percent) 25. Returning phone calls (personal ones) (23 percent) 26. Writing papers and reports (at work) (22 percent) 27. Maintaining your car (21 percent) 28. Mailing letters and other correspondence (20 percent) 29. Replying to invitations (RSVPing) (18 percent) 30. Making a career change (17 percent) 31. Looking for a new job (17 percent) 32. Leaving home or work to get to appointments (17 percent) 33. Taking out the trash or recyclables (15 percent) 34. Doing laundry (15 percent) 34. Starting a business you've been thinking about (15 percent) 35. Writing papers and reports (for school) (14 percent) 36. Buying groceries (14 percent) 37. Studying for tests (12 percent) 38. Reaching long-term goals (12 percent) 39. Returning borrowed items from friends (11 percent) 40. Returning phone calls (work-related) (11 percent) 40. Returning to school for a degree or individual courses (11 percent) 41. Doing homework (11 percent) 42. Replying to e-mails (10 percent) 43. Returning library books (9 percent) 44. Returning rented videos (9 percent) 44. Stopping smoking (9 percent) 45. Making major life decisions (8 percent) 46. Completing a degree (6 percent) 47. Breaking other bad habits (4 percent) 286 Tasks not listed on the original questionnaire, which survey respondents wrote into the Other cat- egory, included the following: · · · · · · · · · · · Booking a babysitter Buying a home Cooking dinner Depositing checks in the bank Evening childcare routines during "meltdown" time of the day Getting haircuts or coloring Getting reimbursements Grading papers Having children Learning to drive Making restaurant reservations