Procrastination, Deadlines, and Performance: Self-Control by Precommitment

  title={Procrastination, Deadlines, and Performance: Self-Control by Precommitment},
  author={Dan Ariely and Klaus Wertenbroch},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={219 - 224}
Procrastination is all too familiar to most people. People delay writing up their research (so we hear!), repeatedly declare they will start their diets tomorrow, or postpone until next week doing odd jobs around the house. Yet people also sometimes attempt to control their procrastination by setting deadlines for themselves. In this article, we pose three questions: (a) Are people willing to self-impose meaningful (i.e., costly) deadlines to overcome procrastination? (b) Are self-imposed… 

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