The procrastination of everyday life

  • Milgram N
  • Sroloff B
  • Rosenbaum M
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Procrastinating in routine life tasks was investigated in university students (N = 314) by administering self-report measures of the phenomenon and various personality tests. Two conceptually independent aspects of procrastination-when one performed the task and how one handled scheduling tasks and adhering to schedule-were found to be highly correlated. Procrastination was greater on tasks regarded as unpleasant or as impositions, and to a lesser extent on tasks requiring skills the respondent did not believe he or she possessed. The phenomenon was inversely related to self-regulation, time-related factors of Type A behavior pattern, and life satisfaction, in men only. The findings were discussed in relation to broad concepts of cognitive appraisal, self-regulation, and coping with stress. © 1988.

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  • Norman A. Milgram

  • Barry Sroloff

  • Michael Rosenbaum

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