Procrastination: Self‐regulation in Initiating Aversive Goals

Procrastination: Self‐regulation in Initiating Aversive Goals Procrastination is a common phenomenon that is easily recognised as one of the behaviours involved in not doing and avoiding work. However, work motivation theories have not devoted much attention to why people don’t do things at work. Just as the study of abnormal behaviour is used to understand normal behaviour, so can the study of procrastination enhance the understanding of self‐regulation. In this paper, procrastination is defined as the avoidance of the implementation of an intention. It is characterised by the avoidance of the intention and the preference for behaviour or thoughts that distract from the aversiveness of the intention. Individual difference variables, processes, and conditions are identified. Strategies to overcome procrastination are suggested. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Applied Psychology Wiley

Procrastination: Self‐regulation in Initiating Aversive Goals

Applied Psychology, Volume 49 (3) – Jul 1, 2000

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Wiley
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International Association for Applied Psychology, 2000.
ISSN
0269-994X
eISSN
1464-0597
D.O.I.
10.1111/1464-0597.00021
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Abstract

Procrastination is a common phenomenon that is easily recognised as one of the behaviours involved in not doing and avoiding work. However, work motivation theories have not devoted much attention to why people don’t do things at work. Just as the study of abnormal behaviour is used to understand normal behaviour, so can the study of procrastination enhance the understanding of self‐regulation. In this paper, procrastination is defined as the avoidance of the implementation of an intention. It is characterised by the avoidance of the intention and the preference for behaviour or thoughts that distract from the aversiveness of the intention. Individual difference variables, processes, and conditions are identified. Strategies to overcome procrastination are suggested.

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Applied PsychologyWiley

Published: Jul 1, 2000

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