What Is Procrastination?

My own behavior baffles me. I find myself doing what I hate, and not doing what I really want to do!

- Saint Paul (Romans 7:15)

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Scientists estimate that up to 20 per cent of the world's population are chronic procrastinators who put off completing tasks to the last minute and damage their wealth, health and happiness in the process. Can chronic procrastinator Rowan Pelling find a solution to her problem by talking to experts and fellow sufferers?

Listen to the BBC podcast: Can Science Cure Procrastination?

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NORMALLY, I would have finished this column weeks ago. But I kept putting it off because my New Year’s resolution is to procrastinate more.

I guess I owe you an explanation. Sooner or later.

We think of procrastination as a curse. Over 80 percent of college students are plagued by procrastination, requiring epic all-nighters to finish papers and prepare for tests. Roughly 20 percent of adults report being chronic procrastinators. We can only guess how much higher the estimate would be if more of them got around to filling out the survey.

But while procrastination is a vice for productivity, I’ve learned — against my natural inclinations — that it’s a virtue for creativity...

Continue reading Adam Grant's article: Why I Taught Myself to Procrastinate

Further Reading

Gregory Schraw, Theresa Wadkins, and Lori Olafson in 2007 proposed three criteria for a behavior to be classified as academic procrastination: it must be counterproductive, needless, and delaying. Steel reviewed all previous attempts to define procrastination, and concluded in a 2007 study that procrastination is "to voluntarily delay an intended course of action despite expecting to be worse off for the delay." Sabini & Silver argued that postponement and irrationality are the two key features of procrastination. Putting a task off is not procrastination, they argue, if there are rational reasons for doing so.

An approach that integrates several core theories of motivation as well as meta-analytic research on procrastination is the temporal motivation theory. It summarizes key predictors of procrastination (expectancy, value, and impulsiveness) into a mathematical equation...

Continue reading the Wikipedia article on Procrastination

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Related Topics

If you’re interested in procrastination, check out some of the following related topics for more resources:

 Cognitive BiasesDecision TheoryEvolutionary PsychologyProductivityPsychology | Rationality | Self-control |Success

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