Well – it was only a matter of ‘time’ before I posted on procrastination.
…Here I sit with my list of things to do and a blank page, while wearing this t-shirt…
My supervisor has researched procrastination and found links with self-efficacy and self-regulation. All these topics of motivation are of interest to me…and maybe ‘one day’ – haha 🙂 – I’ll explore procrastination through a research project.
For now, I live it.
One of his research articles** begins with a quote from James (1926):
Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task
-William James in an 1886 letter to colleague Carl Stumpf-
So… it’s not a new thing. Not a phenomenon created by the existence of Facebook. Yet there is still a lot to learn about procrastination:
…that universal, intentional yet irrational delay of an intended course of action, in spite of an awareness of negative outcomes…such as test and social anxiety, fear of failure, depression… (Klassen et al., 2008; 2009).
However, researchers have also reported that it is beneficial for some students – those who work well under time pressures.
Given that it is predominately a problem in academic settings (70-95% of undergraduate students experience problematic procrastination), it is no surprise that PhD comics (…the website I go to when procrastinating…) frequently portrays this topic graphically:
Thankfully, I have a motivating and supportive supervisor for this PhD journey
I also have lots of interesting things to do and read about!
So…I may find that, more and more, I won’t have ‘time’ to procrastinate 🙂
*Click here for K. Pugh’s “The Calvin Project” – link updated May 2014
**Klassen, R. M., Krawchuk, L. L., & Rajani, S. (2008). Academic procrastination of undergraduates: Low self-efficacy to self-regulate predicts higher levels of procrastination. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 33, 915-931.
Klassen, R. M. & Kuzucu, E. (2009). Academic procrastination and motivation of adolescents in Turkey. Educational Psychology, 29, 69-81.