Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Procrastination

In a moment of meta- PoMo zen, while procrastinating by perusing the academic journals I stumbled across an interesting journal article, Rethinking Procrastination: Positive Effects of "Active" procrastination Behaviour on Attitudes and Performance, in the June issue of The Journal of Social Psychology.

The authors distinguish between "Passive" and "Active" procrastinators, the former being those who are 'paralyzed by their indecision to act and fail to complete tasks on time.' The latter 'prefer to work under pressure, ... make deliberate decisions to procrastinate' and concentrate on other productive tasks.

In an empirical study (based on self-reporting of subjects, so in my eyes slightly dubious), they conclude that active procrastinators and nonprocrastinators 'share similar characteristics and are significantly different from passive procrastinators.' Nonprocrastinators and active procrastinators are also more likely to experience positive outcomes.
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