Is procrastination always bad? We don't think so. In preliminary research, we find that if procrastinators consider procrastination to be a productive use of time, it's not associated with decreases in well-being. To further understand this relationship, we are currently conducting experimental studies in the lab, where we randomly assign participants to procrastinate (or not) and to do so in productive (vs unproductive) ways. We predict unproductive procrastination condition will decrease happiness and well-being, but that productive procastination will not. This project will tell us more about barriers to motivation and self-regulation, and the creative ways people find to work around them.
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