Research on Procrastination

Tasty Research has a fascinating look at the effectiveness of self-imposed deadlines. Students were given the option to set their own deadlines for three assignments in a course. As noted, despite the theoretical appeal of putting all the deadlines on the last day of class, only about a quarter chose that option. Apparently, it’s a rational-enough choice to set some earlier deadlines for some of the work in order to not feel that deadline pressure!

I’m already committed to my classroom deadlines and timetables for next year, but I’ll be looking at this research with an eye towards what it might tell me for the future (as well as my own work).

2 Responses to “Research on Procrastination”

  1. Alice Says:

    Hmmm… Interesting! I usually set earlier deadlines, too; alas, I usually miss them, too.

  2. Luo Lin Says:

    One problem with having students set their own deadlines is that the deadlines we set for students to write are in a sense deadlines for ourselves to grade. I wouldn’t want to have to deal with the stack of papers that result from even one quarter of the class turning in all their papers at the very end.