Procrastination is pervasive, and it concerns us. At least 95% of us procrastinate at least occasionally and about 15-20% of us do it consistently and problematically. Also, there are historical records of people procrastinating going back at least 3,000 years. Unfortunately, very little is understood about why we put off doing until later what we think we should actually be doing right now.
To address this need, researchers at the University of Calgary have been exploring the problem of procrastination. To continue this work, we need you and people like you to complete one or both of the following studies. For both studies, you will get some feedback about your procrastination at the end and what you can do about it.
This feedback is based on research we and other researchers have previously conducted over the last thirty years and should be quite accurate. You can choose to exit the study at any time, but you will only get your feedback by answering all the questions. With your participation, we should be able to continue to improve our understanding of this common but somewhat mysterious phenomenon.
All the information you give is privacy protected and anonymously computer-scored. You are the only person who will be physically able to connect your score to your name. If this research interests you, please click the button below.
This starts out with testing your attention and reaction time. You are going to see a series of geometric shapes, but are asked to press the space bar only when circle appears. Your reaction time is being measured, so press as quickly as possible. The task is short and only takes seven minutes, but is somewhat boring, challenging your ability to focus your attention. You will be able to quit to the next stage at anytime. Afterwards there are 37 quick questions, each of which you answer on a five-point scale (i.e., "Not true or me" to "True of me"). In addition to getting feedback regarding your procrastination, you will also get information on attention focus.
It starts with 4 scenarios regarding your perceptions towards money, followed by 141 questions each of which you answer on a five-point scale (i.e., "Not true or me" to "True of me"). In all, it takes only about 20 minutes to complete.
Piers Steel, Principal Investigator, University of Calgary