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Part: 5 Living the Life of an Ex-Procras... > Who the Participants Are - Pg. 282

282 Appendix D. The Procrastination Survey I conducted a survey over a four-month period in 1999 to find out what people procrastinate about most. A brief look at the results was included in Chapter 1, "The Procrastinator's Wake-Up Call." More results, as well as some background information on the survey itself, are provided in this appendix. Survey Method The survey began with a questionnaire that I distributed by e-mail to 73 people: professional col- leagues, friends, and family in my own e-mail address book. Of those 73 people, 59 returned the completed survey, giving a response rate of 81 percent. Several people in that group forwarded the questionnaire on to people in their own e-mail address books, and I also sent out approximately 30 more questionnaires to add to the initial group of 73. The questionnaire continued to circulate in cyberspace, as respondents forwarded it on to their friends and family, who then forwarded it on to their friends and family, and so forth. I ultimately received a total of 309 responses to the survey. It's not possible to calculate a final response rate (the percentage of people who answered out of those who received it) because I do not know how many people received the questionnaire. Note: 64 of the 309 respondents completed a printout of the questionnaire, which they mailed or faxed back to me (or, in a few cases, hand-delivered) instead of receiving and returning it by e-mail. Who the Participants Are Demographic data is available for only 278 of the 309 respondents, because an early version of the questionnaire did not ask for such personal information as age, race, and so on. So all statistics reported here are for the pool of 278, not 309.