When I was in college, I put off everything until the last possible instant: I got out of bed just moments before class started; I finished papers minutes before they were due. But I rarely actually missed a deadline for a paper. Now most of my deadlines aren’t nearly as firm as they were in college — if I really need more time to complete a project, I can usually reason with my client and get more time.
Just one deadline seems set in stone: the April 15 Income Tax deadline (though this year it’s actually April 17, since the 15th is a weekend day). In fact, you can actually file for an extension, which is automatically granted, with a catch: you still have to pay the taxes you think will be due. Not much mercy from the IRS.
Greta, on the other hand, faces more deadlines now than she ever did in college: she must be prepared for teaching a class nearly every day. In college, she typically finished papers several days before they were due, unlike her future husband.
So this got us thinking about how people handle the Income Tax deadline and how it relates to their other procrastinatory behavior. Do all procrastinators procrastinate equally for everything, or do we pick and choose what we procrastinate about? Now’s our chance to find out. This week’s study asks a few questions about what you put off and for how long. Next week, we’ll see if we can find any patterns in the data.
As always, you have until 11:59 Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, April 19 to participate, or until we have 250 responses, whichever comes first. The survey will take less than a minute of your time.