12 March 2007

I came across this, in one of my procrastinating meaderings, and it felt like serendipity. I have started writing on expectation of privacy in adolescents' blogs, and my readings today had taken me to some journals of psychology, to self-disclosure, transient self and abiding self scales, as well as construction of identity online... from there to proof of identity is one tiny step that I am glad to take, at least for one second, until I go back to my work. No more procrastination.


I also found an article on procrastination, although I was at the time avoiding procrastination like the plague, and dutifully sticking to academic journals of relevance. What do you do when procrastination comes looking for you? This is the abstract for the article:

The Nature of Procrastination: A Meta-Analytic and Theoretical Review of Quintessential Self-Regulatory Failure. Steel, Piers; Psychological Bulletin, Vol 133(1), Jan 2007. pp. 65-94. [Original Journal Article] Abstract: Procrastination is a prevalent and pernicious form of self-regulatory failure that is not entirely understood. Hence, the relevant conceptual, theoretical, and empirical work is reviewed, drawing upon correlational, experimental, and qualitative findings. A meta-analysis of procrastination's possible causes and effects, based on 691 correlations, reveals that neuroticism, rebelliousness, and sensation seeking show only a weak connection. Strong and consistent predictors of procrastination were task aversiveness, task delay, self-efficacy, and impulsiveness, as well as conscientiousness and its facets of self-control, distractibility, organization, and achievement motivation. These effects prove consistent with temporal motivation theory, an integrative hybrid of expectancy theory and hyperbolic discounting. Continued research into procrastination should not be delayed, especially because its prevalence appears to be growing.

They research procrastination AND they have a sense of humour...

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