Journalism and Mass Communications, College of


Date of this Version



Published in Quill March 2007. Quill is published and copyright by the Society of Professional Journalists. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


Piers Steel, a University of Calgary business professor, recently released a study that took him 10 years — more time than he expected. His paper, "The Nature of Procrastination: A Meta-Analytic and Theoretical Review of Quintessential Self-Regulatory Failure," was published in the American Psychological Association's Psychological Bulletin. Steel, a professor of human resources and organizational dynamics, devoured previous studies, reports and 691 correlations to figure out why we procrastinate. Fifteen to 20 percent of the general population are procrastinators, and the prevalence is growing, Steel concluded.