In the 1970s an American survey showed that 5% of the population suffered from procrastination. In a similar survey recently done the figures show that 15-20% suffers from delaying tasks. One important explanation is that the
work is quite different today. We have more
individual responsibilities, we work towards goals set far in the future which might not always be very clear today. Furthermore, there are more landscaped offices (more in the States I think than in Sweden, but the trend is going towards this in Sweden as well). Then of course there is the 24/24 availability
approach today which means we are always interrupted in what we are doing; sms, mails, gsm etc. That makes it harder to concentrate on the tasks ahead.
This book will hopefully help people in need and make them realise that you feel much better if you don't delay things to the last minute. In the end of the article there is a quote from one of our greatest authors Fritiof Nilsson Piraten. It is actually the inscription on his tomb (my translation into English).
Below here is the ash of a man who had the habit to delay everything until tomorrow. However, he improved himself in the end of his life and actually died on 31 January 1972.
I think we should try to improve a little bit earlier ourselves!